Space Risks: The Dangers Of Space Hazards

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Bjorn Warford
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Space Hazards
SpaceZ is in the midst of their mission to visit and colonize Mars. They have already developed the technology to get to Mars and have already underwent several cargo missions in which equipment, supplies, and more were transported to Mars to facilitate the colonization process and to save space on the manned flight. The plan is without a doubt following the necessary course laid out for success, however, all of that was about to change. Space proves to create problems for the mission and its crew. The crew encounters a few obstacles on their trip such as the effects of long-term space flights and radiation exposure, as well as a run in with space hazards. Will the astronauts make it to Mars and be
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The great big planet that humans call home, is actually nothing but a tiny fraction of a pixel on a screen or image compared to the visible universe, and that is just the known portion of the universe. Along with the reality check of how small Earth is comes the realization of how fragile the planet is in terms of what else is out there. With this knowledge there must be great dangers in space. These dangers are called Space Hazards. These Space Hazards serve as a threat to the solar system and to life as we know it. Thus, it is important to learn about these potential space hazards, what they are, what they can do, and how to prevent them from causing damage. Near Earth Objects, or NEOs, are perhaps the most relevant and dangerous hazard to Earth from…show more content…
June 30th, 1908 marks the date of a vicious asteroid impacting near the Tunguska River in Siberia. This event, known as the Tunguska Event, came into Earth’s atmosphere traveling at an extremely high speed and at a height of about 8500 meters the asteroid blew up due to the high temperature and pressure and it is said to have released so much energy that it would be equivalent to 185 Hiroshima nuclear bombs going off (Phillips). Over 800 square miles of forest was destroyed in the blast and there are even accounts of people being blown away by the shockwaves and feeling immense heat while being over 40 miles from the place of explosion (Phillips). Tunguska was a display of how powerful and dangerous a NEO can be to Earth and another large NEO impact was more recent on February 15, 2013. Although not as large as the Tunguska Event, the Chelyabinsk meteor still released more energy than a nuclear explosion and it was actually more fatal than the former as over 1,200 people were injured by the shockwave coming from the asteroid as it broke apart over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk (Howell). An earlier event in October of 2008 also marked an important date in the study and understanding of NEOs. The asteroid named “Asteroid 2008 TC3” exploded into a fireball and scattered broken up meteors above Sudan (https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/). This asteroid was not
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