The Earth's moon has a great deal of mystery and indefinite discoveries left for us to explore. One of the most talked about topics of the Moon is if we are going to be living there in just a few short decades or centuries. Just imagine yourself, for example, weighing 150 pounds on Earth. If you were to live on the Moon, you would feel like you only weigh 26 pounds. That is because the Moon's gravity is only 17% of Earth's gravity. You would float into the dark sky, and if you weren't attached to anything stationary, you would float off into outer space, and probably never return. No doubt that the Moon has been in existence for a long time, there are still many millions of years left for us to explore what the Moon has in store for us. The age of the moon is quite controversial. Scientists have studied the Moon to try to give it an approximate age. The youngest moon rock which scientists have studied was radioactive dated as 3.16 billion years old, while the oldest dated rocks were dated 4.6 billion years old, which also indicates that the Moon is the same age as the presumed aged of Earth (Gallant 117).
If the Moon were to be colonized, there are two main components needed to sustain human life, not only on the Moon, but everywhere. These two important needs are water and oxygen. Without water and oxygen, life will cease to exist. Water is needed for us to transport nutrients around the body through the circulatory system in our blood. Oxygen is required for us to breathe and it is delivered to our bodily structures to perform their daily tasks. Ways in which we will supply the Moon with these components needed for life are still being explored. A recent concept thought up by NASA is to develop systems to ma...
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... have been able to have man step on the moon. We have sent shuttles, probes, and other mechanical and robotic spacecraft to the Moon to study the composition and chemistry of the moon. We study and try to find evidence of extra-terrestrial life, not only on the Moon, but in our entire solar system. If we have come this far, it must not be too far off that we figure out a way to sustain human life on the Moon. This topic probably will not affect our generation, or the next few, but it is something that should be in the corner of our minds so it won't be much of a shock when it does happen that we send humans up to the Moon to live. "Mankind is drawn to the heavens for the same reason we were once drawn to unknown lands and across the open sea (Bush internet)." Life on the moon would be an expansion to human intelligence. It would literally broaden our horizons.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was stated by Neil Armstrong once a national goal was accomplished. Landing successfully on the moon was a major goal for astronauts of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were honored to be the very first of mankind to step foot on the moon, and allowed America to set future goals for outer-space journeys. With the assigned Apollo mission, America was granted much needed hope. Astronauts of NASA in the Apollo Program accomplished John F. Kennedy’s goal of placing the first man on the moon safely for the United States.
The moon has many phases and you will get to know them all. You will discover the connection between the moons’ phases and the relative positions of the moon, Earth, and sun. You will explore how the moon’s illuminated surface seems to grow and shrink over the course of a month. You will learn the difference between crescent and gibbous, and follow the moon’s journey from new moon to full moon and back again.
Still, I believe the moon does affect us. Put me in a storm cellar, I'll guess when the moon's at apogee. It’s that feeling you get on a rolly coaster, the momentary pause at the top of the hump before all that stored kinetic energy is released and you plummet over the precipice.
Especially as there is practically no evidence left on the Earth from when it was initially created. Most of the evidence, long gone due to the Earths extremely rocky start though constant meteoric attacks, different life inhabitants, etc. The fact that the moon is essentially a fingerprint of the Earth holds many answers to the mystery and allows science to further go in depth to what things were like for planet Earth billions of years ago. It has been found that the creation of the moon itself was caused by high impact into the planet, the moon has also been determined to be moving further and further away from the Earth which slows down the Earth’s rotation, and lastly that because of the moon the Earth has stable seasons which prevents the planet from either being a big burning wreck which is inhabitable to humanity, or a giant ice ball which is also inhabitable to humanity. All in all, as discovered in the film “Origins, fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution: Earth is Born” the moon is a necessary part of our planet and one of the many keys to unlocking its many
As important of an endeavor as travelling to the moon was, a definite purpose to it is not immediately clear. However, it was a remarkable accomplishment for mankind, and the United States wanted to lead it. Millions of people watched the televised event because they knew this was an incredible advancement for humans (Redd). As Neil Armstrong made the first step, he summed up the point that this event would forever be an important achievement to the human race, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" (Armstrong 268). At times it may seem that the development of new technology is stalling, but the moon landing proves that man is and will continue to make advancements. Only 66 years passed between the first airplane by the Wright Brothers and the moon landing (Stimson).
We chose to go to the moon for many reasons –for science, technological advancement, even for the exploration of new worlds –yet why have we not continued to do so? Today in the year 2014, government funding for NASA has been cut exponentially since the days of Apollo. The United States no longer has the need for the continuation of manned space travel. The Cold War is long over along with the Soviet Union, which defeats the need to continue to exceed Russia with our technology. The purpose behind why the United States chose to go to the moon was not for the pure sake of science, but for the interests of the Cold War.
Scientists have also found something as a result of our travels to the moon. They have noticed that the moon collects dust from outer space. They have found the rate at which the dust accumulates on the moon. So they now can tell that the moon is relatively young, because if it were billions of years old there would be a lot more dust on the moon than there is right now. Evolutionists have slipped up and said that the earth and moon are about the same age. So this pushes them into a corner once again. Creation three, Evolution zero.
Mars is our next best hope in life on another planet. Because of science mankind can grow and harvest plants in the modified mars soil, make a thick warm atmosphere, and drink no frozen mars water. Mankind can grow and flourish more as a species with this idea of colonizing mars. With more scientific advancements we can colonize mars and we will colonize mars.
Finding life in our solar system could potentially answer the questions humanity has been asking for thousands of years. Sarah Seager, a professor at MIT, mentioned some of these thought provoking questions, “why are we here? Why does our universe exist? How did Earth form and evolve? How and why did life originate and populate our planet?” Answers to these questions could give humanity a deeper understanding of who we are and what our place in the universe is. Steven Dick believes that humanity has “… deep psychological yearnings for companionship, superior wisdom, or ‘an ineradicable desire to see the skies filled with life’.” Those opposed may argue that a biological universe will have little effect on humanity’s understanding of our place in the universe because a biological universe simply does not exist. One may argue that life is exceedingly complex and the odds of conditions being just right for the production and the sustainment of life are slim. Our civilization may have managed to beat the odds, but many its unlikely to for this to occur elsewhere in our solar system. The proof to back this argument is the N =1 equation. The only solid evidence we have proves that only one planet has beaten these insurmountable odds and produced life. While this argument makes logical sense, relying solely on evidence we have at the moment, takes our focus away from the
...a if it was possible. Mankind has always loved to dream of conquering the unexplored expanses of space. Georges Melies was able to fully realize the dream of all humanity, at least on the screen, showing how it could be. The boundless imagination of the director created the moon, like a living creature, alien-selenites, and a very original way to travel to outer space.
The moon is a wondrous thing. Every night it's outside, up high in the sky, giving light to the world. Most people take advantage of the moon's light, because they don't know why or how the moon shines. Scientists today are busy proving theories and studying the moon, which will hopefully help society to understand the moon more. They know a lot about the moon, but there is still much more to learn.
There are five basic theories in the formation of our moon. The first is the "fission theory" which states that the moon was once a part of earth, but separated a long time ago. The second theory is called the "capture theory". This theory is says that the moon formed somewhere else, and was "captured" by earths gravitational pull. The third theory is called the "condensation theory" this theory states that the moon and earth were condemned together from the original nebula that formed our solar system. The fourth theory called the "Colliding Planetesimals Theory" states that the interaction between the earth orbiting the sun, and the sun orbiting planetesimals, which are large Astroid like rocks, led to the breakup and formation of our moon from the debris of these planetesimals. The fifth and final theory is called ...
The gravitational forces between the Earth and the moon cause some interesting effects; tides are the most obvious. The moon has no atmosphere, but there is evidence by the United States Department of Defense Clementine spacecraft shows that there maybe water ice in some deep craters near the moon's North and South Pole that are permanently shaded. Most of the moon's surface is covered with regolith, which is a mixture of fine dust and rocky debris produced by meteor impact. There are two types of terrain on the moon. One is the heavily cratered and very old highlands. The other is the relatively smooth and younger craters that were flooded with molten lava.
“Why should we go into space? What is the justification for spending all the effort and money on getting a few lumps of moon rocks? Aren’t there better causes here on Earth?”- Stephen Hawking. Space is the everlasting, ever growing place where we happen to reside. From the beginning of intelligent life here on Earth, we have wanted to learn. Whether it be simply constructing a fire, or solving the riddles that still puzzle us to this day. Many of the questions we still have are pertaining to space. Are we alone? How did we get here? Where are we going? Many answers can come from exploring space. Getting a “few lumps of moon rock” can answer so many questions we asked ourselves for millennia. Can we truly belong in a place we do not know about? Space exploration will better us now and in the future for several reasons.