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Living On Another Planet Essay

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Living on another planet:
How would we do it, why, and where?

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was formally launched on October 1, 1958, with its headquarters in Washington DC. This was the creation of a pronounced history of distinctive scientific and technological triumphs in human space flight, aeronautics, space science, and space applications. NASA had originally believed itself to be the leader in space technology and missile development however when the Soviet Union satellite Sputnik 1 was successfully launched into space while the first two US launches had failed they were proved to be wrong. This led to the Sputnik ...view middle of the document...

They are introduced with space related situations and are given the opportunity to propose solutions. With grants awarded to four additional states SOI will currently reach as many as 6,095 students through summer programs bringing the mystery of space home.
Growing up watching NASA grow and the Space Shuttle program being such a big part of my childhood NASA seemed to be the only organization to choose.

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Abstract
The world is coming to an end….The question raised is how or when. We already know that in a few billion years the Sun will expand and engulf our planet as it burns out its remaining supply of fuel. Planet Earth has gone through five mass extinctions over the course of 4.5 billion years. Is this to be our end? Or, will this possibility be a product of our own design through human based global warming or nuclear annihilation? Perhaps we will be destroyed by an alien race as the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking believes could happen. What are we to do about any of this? Is human relocation the answer? Well, if humanity is to survive a catastrophic disaster on a global scale than the answer is most likely yes. If humanity is to carry on at all costs then to have all of our eggs in one basket could be the end of all ends. Let us see where we could go and how we may go about survival once there.

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Living on another planet:
How would we do it, why, and where?
Today, on this day April 17, 2014 NASA announced that through the use of the Kepler Telescope, the first validated earth size planet in the habitable zone of its Sun has been found. There are a total of 961 confirmed planets so far and another 3,845 potential candidates.
Kepler 186f Tate,C. University of San Francisco

Kepler 186f Tate,C. University of San Francisco

Kepler 186f:
* 500 light years from Earth.
* 1.1 times the radius of the earth.
* 32.5 million miles from its Sun.
* It has a 129.9 day orbit.
Setting aside the current technological problems of actually getting there, let us examine what we would need to survive on a new world. The basics of Earth are much different than those needed on another planet, as many

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things we have now we take for granted. Humanity now states that the basic necessities consist of: Food, water, shelter, and clothing. There are some psychological needs that go along with that as well including love, feeling safe, and esteem along with self-actualization.
Many of the threats that might lead to our demise or need for another planet are manmade. The amount of resources we consume each year already far outweighs what this planet can sustain. Some sources state that by the year 2030 we will be consuming two planets worth of resources annually. So what would we do on another planet? Live in a biosphere, sealed in a huge bubble? That would probably be the case for somewhere near earth like Mars. Everything we need would need to be generated from nearly nothing. ...

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