Curiosity has made man explore regions that have never been explored. Without funds NASA cannot develop new technology and without technology researchers and scientists would not be able to explain a discovery that they made with existing technology. For example, without the invention of the Mars Rover, scientists would not have been able to discover water on Mars. This example alone leaves people questioning space and it attributes such as planets, galaxies and even aliens. This curiosity leads to the second reason as to why people support space activities.
For example, the New York Times Article “Vatican Science Panel Told by Pope: Galileo was Right” mentions, “Moving formally to rectify a wrong, Pope John Paul II acknowledged in a speech today that the Roman Catholic Church had erred in condemning Galileo 359 years ago for asserting that the Earth revolves around the Sun.” This excerpt states that Galileo’s theories about the sun centered universe was correct. The church admits to their mistake and have recognized the truth in Galileo’s beliefs. In addition, the article includes a comment form Pope John Paul, “This led them to unduly transpose into the realm of the doctrine of faith, a question which in fact pertained to scientific investigation.” This means that the Roman Catholic Church at the time was in the wrong and had interpreted the scriptures incorrectly. A heretic again is a person whose ideals oppose the church. Galileo by definition was a heretic during his lifetime up until his death.
Kepler’s theory was that he thought that the universe was heliocentric but he believed that the planets traveled in ellipses. It turns out that Nicolaus Copernicus’s theory was true. When the church heard about this they were not happy. It challenged the medieval way of thinking because It was the first time the church has ever been questioned. The effects of the scientific revolution were The Renaissance, the Age Of Exploration, The Printing Press, and The Reformation.
Later on he presented his findings to the Royal Society, where Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne revealed that it actually had a planet like orbit, and did not seem to possess a tail like a comet would. It was the first new planet to be discovered by scientists. When it finally came time to name the planet, Herschel suggested naming the planet after his patron, King George III, in which it would have translated to Georgium Sidus, or George’s Star. Outside the limits of England, most people did not appreciate that suggestion. Other names suggested included his own last name, and ironically the name Neptune.
Over time, Galileo recorded information based of his observations of the moon and other celestial bodies. Eventually, Galileo was able to come down to the conclusion that the sun was located at the center of the universe and reinstate Copernicus’ Heliocentric theory. Galileo finally published his findings about the heliocentric theory because he disregarded how the church would react. As a result, his publication was banned by Pope Urban VIII because it once again went against what the church believed. The Catholic Church reacted in a pessimistic manner because they saw Galileo’s publication as an insult after supporting him in the past.
While there may be one billion trillion stars within the known universe, the number of habitable planets such as Earth, in the Milky Way Galaxy, pales in comparison at a mere forty billion. While not all are completely safe to colonize in the near future, it still bears a shocking revelation to the fortune humans have been blessed with. With knowledge such as this available to the common civilian, it is astonishing how the human race has treated the poor, ever-decaying planet we inhabit. In due time, it will be vital to the success of the human race to leave the once beloved planet for dead and move on. I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet...Although the chance of a disaster to planet
Colonizing Mars Mars is often voted by people as being the most likely place for humans to colonize after we are done with Earth. This is often said because of Mars’s similar size to Earth and similar climate. However, Mars might not be the best place to go when we decide to make our first extra-terrestrial home. Whether you believe we should colonize another planet or not, evidence proves that moving to Venus is both logical and cost effective. There is much more promise in visiting Venus and much more we can learn.
You start to wonder if we really could colonize Mars, and if it would be worth it. You think about the risks involved, the mechanics and the sacrifice behind trading our home planet for another. Red Planet focused quite a bit on the interpersonal relations between people stuck on a ship for half a year to get to Mars, the idea of colonizing the planet with the one female that came on the trip, and how the science of the trip was important, but the other real value was human life. Greg Bear’s book, Moving Mars, also gives the reader hope that Mars is a real possibility, but it puts a lot of focus on colonization issues, such as who’s in charge of what, and to what extent the colony has to depend on/bend to the will of their home planet. Those are things we would need to think about if we wanted to eventually move to Mars and colonize it.
Space travel is an exciting topic to discuss and the idea of exploring the universe in very intriguing. I know, personally, that if I was given the opportunity to go into space I would take it, and I’m sure many other people would too. Space exploration, while complicated and complex, seems to be an inevitable part of humanity’s future. A company called “Space X” recently released a statement saying they are sending two individuals on a trip around the moon. I for one am super jealous that they get to go into space, then again I don’t have that kind of money, but I think this is a great thing Space X is starting.
It is not in our solar system it is in the Kuiper belt that has comets, asteroids, and other small things made mostly of ice. To be a planet Pluto has to have a cleared neighborhood, it does not have a dominant gravitational body in its orbit in the solar system. It also does not interact with other, smaller objects, it does not consume them or sling them away with its gravity. Because of that Pluto is a dwarf planet and not a planet. In conclusion, Pluto should be reinstated as a planet for the simple reasons until 2006 we had nine planets.