Should We Continue to Explore Space?

20080924_columbiaThe world would be a whole lot different if we didn’t explore outer space. In fact, a lot of the things we take for granted would not exist without the exploration of space. But, should we explore space?  The exploration of space is full of risks. An astronaut has a life of adventure and fun, but is it really necessary?  Do we really need to send people to outer space for the sake of our technology, or are we risking lives in the process of our gains?

So, why do we need to explore space? Some of the things like cellphones, power tools, digital imaging, weathering tracking, G.P.S, robotics and solar energy would not exist if we didn’t. Take the cell phone for an example. Towers send signals to your cell phone enabling you to be able to chat with your friends. New discoveries from the astronaut’s journey to space give us the chance to think about the fact that we are all together on this planet as one.

Now there are some negatives in the exploration of space. Take Apollo 1 for example. Apollo 1 never made it to space. While it was being tested, Apollo 1 broke out in a fire and killed all three crew-members  It was here that we saw the dangers of space exploration. We also spend millions of dollars on space exploration while risking the lives of our astronauts. Another thing, which is highly unlikely, is the chance of discovering other alien life forms. Are we ready for it?

It seems like there are good and bad reasons to go to space. We would love to know everything there is to outer space, but we can’t do that without risking lives. Astronauts know of the dangers, but their desire to learn more for us drives them. Plus, with the growth of technology, sending astronauts to space is a lot safer now thanks to a lot of testing. It seems like space exploration is the way to go.

Field Trip to the Constitution Center

241834_10151268183183236_932932064_oWe woke up early in the morning to leave for the Constitution Center. The drive was long and quite boring. But we still were there earlier than needed. When we finally got there the lady gave us our pamphlets for the tour and gave us some background about it. Then she told us to wait by the Arizona flag for the rest of our group. While we were up there we saw the bronze statues of all of the people who signed the constitution. We decided that we had enough time to take some pictures with them. I took a picture with Benjamin Franklin and even signed the Constitution myself! Ok, it was just a book that said sign the Constitution but still!

After that we took a trip to the White House, virtually. The objective of the trip to the White House presentation was to teach us that behind every good President, there are many other people. We got to see some ad campaigns and everyone in the room really enjoyed the “I like Ike” campaign. Part of the learning process of how a president is selected was having two candidates to run for the two political parties. I was a candidate for one of the parties! My slogan was “My name is Anmol and I’m with team yellow, and our goal is to bring happiness to every American fellow.” The guy for the Orange party, the opposing party’s slogan was “Taste the rainbows.”  Our party lost 14-19. Seriously, I mean really, what is this world coming to?! But, in my defense I do have to say that with the exception of my brother and mother, everybody who was voting was from the same homeschooling group, so I think I did well.

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Lucy: Our Oldest Ancestor

"Lucy" Exhibit To Open In Houston Amid ProtestsWhat makes us human? This is a difficult question and has no correct answer. But, by studying events that happened in the past we can find answers. People like Lucy help us discover the answer to this complex question. Lucy is not a human of the 21st century. So, by now you’re wondering, who is Lucy? Lucy is the world’s most famous early human ancestor being 3.2 million years old.

Lucy was a young adult when she died. We were able to tell this from the third molars which are slightly worn. Lucy was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on November 24th, 1974. They couldn’t find any fossils after a long hot day in Ethiopia so they decided to call it a day. While walking back to his vehicle, Johanson saw a bone sticking out of the sand and quickly identified it as a human bone. It was here that the team found Lucy.

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