“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” As the renowned scientist Albert Einstein stated, the lack of free will can be highly detrimental to society. This principle is also emphasized in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, in which the main character, Billy Pilgrim, is involved in a plane crash. This accident further unsettles his mental condition, in addition to his experiences in World War II. This causes Billy to imagine about an alien planet called Tralfamadore, where they believe that all incidents in time are structured and that free will has no impact on the future. They also claim that damaging events such as war cannot be prevented.
Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journey continue.” This quote from Reagan’s speech highlights just how adamant he was about continuing space exploration. If space exploration was exterminated due to the crash, then they would have died in vain. “And perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle; but they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly.” He speaks on how the crew members were brave and full of courage, which shows that space exploration isn’t 100% safe. Reagan says “On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, “He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.” Well, today we can say of the challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake’s, complete.” He basically uses this story to show that the hunger for exploration has not
For instance, in the embarkation area Marvin’s “circuits amused themselves... [by measuring] the level of hydrogen emissions in the surrounding cubic parsec of space and then shut[ting] down again in boredom (65). In this way, Marvin (disregarding the cerebral source of his depression) parodies a stereotypical nihilist. And despite the extreme changes in his situation, he continues to suffer from anomie. For instance, after landing on Magrathea, “the most improbable planet that ever existed” (77), Marvin continues to be depressed. Arthur, in contrast, says that “[the experience is]... fantastic” (94).
The Cat’s Cradle: A Symbol of False Perception The Cold War era was characterized by a vast amount of technological advancement, yet this exciting period of curiosity was also represented by weapons of mass destruction, such as the atomic bomb. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle features the life of Dr. Hoenikker, the father of the atomic bomb, and how he and his children handle his invention called “ice-nine”, a form of water that crystallizes everything upon touch. Consequently, “ice-nine” eventually leads to mass destruction of life on Earth, and this undermines the blind faith that science was purely beneficial. Throughout Cat’s Cradle, Vonnegut illustrates the stupidity and gullibility of the human condition via the satirical setting
Herblock makes a perfect attempt on unmasking the negative and poor side of a worldwide victory and success, this proves those coming together (around the world) for a worldwide “phenomenon” but when bigger issues shown in his cartoon, examples of more significant things than the moon landing, in which many are unaware of the issues. To add, one of the first articles, like “Man on the Moon” written by The Times talks about insignificance of the moon landing when it mostly discussed about rocks, a technique of sarcasm, mockery. America misused their money on the highly glorified event shows that those
Elton”. Without having ever seen it, Jerry reveals to Gar that the pill is a cure for space madness and explains, “That’s why they drill into you that the first minute you think there are more people on board the ship than there were at the beginning of the trip, you’d better go to the medicine locker and take a yellow pill. They can't hurt anything but a delusion” (Phillips 2). Jerry describes that yellow pill as a drug that prevents delusions, and “Dr. Elton” supports this with a scientific interpretation.
It is after two paragraphs exploring notions of man’s cosmic connection that Sagan asserts his first claim in the essay, “plainly there is no way back… we are stuck with science” (1). The compassionate tone persists even in assertions, as seen through the use of first person. More compassionate is the gentle acknowledgement of the pseudoscience appeal. “Yes, the world would be a more interesting place if there were UFOs lurking in the deep waters off Bermuda… or if our dreams could, more often than can be explained by chance and our knowledge of the world, accurately foretell the future” (1). This series of sentences ends the introduction.
Apollo 13 was supposed to be a very trustworthy mission when it launched because they had test pilots who put themselves in danger all the time on the rockets. When Apollo 13 left for space there was not much news about the mission, which was okay with the pilots because going up in the air had never been a problem for the crew. But when they went into space it was actually the first time for 2 crew members. Although they both were fine with the idea of risking their life for science. The reason for that is when it ended with news all around the world was because when they got into space some bad events occurred which will be explained in the next paragraph.
For the space shuttle mission I was in mission control as PACOM which is payload communicator. On my our way walking there I was sick and I was freezing except it was humid and hot with no wind which made me feel pretty nice actually. I really didn’t do much but what I was supposed to do was solve anomalies which are just problems
Commencing his speech, President Reagan delivered his reflections of the Challenger disaster to a stunned and saddened nation. Although the speech was primarily informative, he used a persuasive format in his reference to NASA. Imparting to the American people there were no plans to discontinue further space exploration, yet, delivering a discreet warning to NASA about the investigation that must occur following this horrid tragedy, “We don’t keep secrets and cover up,” impressing on NASA to “do it all up front and in public.” Incorporating a warning in a speech of this nature could have come across as heartless, however; Reagan’s delivery was flawless; direct, brief, and clear, this subtle portent reassured the families left behind there
He write about dangerous moments with sentences so plain compare to what he describes that the reader has a strong feeling of irony reading his notes. “During the night of May 30-31, we had a visitor whom we would have gladly missed: a Boche pilot flew his airplane over and dropped some bombs on the camp. Thanks to his clumsiness, there were no victims” (Barthas
Sometimes survival depends on luck. Another example was when Superman’s brakes failed on landing when they were coming back. “By the time Phil got the plane stopped, the bomber was three feet short of the runway’s end” (81). Showing us yet again where your mental state of mind is heavily assaulted and where luck is a very important asset for survival. Afterwards, when they were on a mission and one of the crews man had been severally injured when he felt that, “the urgency of the moment drove the pain into a distant place” (100).