Space Studies Project
Summer evenings, late after dark, I often find myself in my favorite lawn chair, gawking longingly after the stars in a blackened sky. The Milky Way. Errant comets. Eclipses. They all give rise to any number of related obsessions. Extra-Terrestrial Life. Populating Mars. Spaceship voyages to distant galaxies. Space and their celestial bodies are the things that dreams are made of. The spark that ignites into flame the fantastical possibilities of the human imagination.
This research project will focus on several specific areas:
The study of the universe, it’s inhabitants, it’s beginnings, and future fate, as well as the theories of evolution and creation.
This section focuses on the planet earth and all that it contains, specifically from the perspective of being part of our Solar System and our Galaxy.
A focus on the basic principles of astronomy, specifically amateur, naked-eye star gazing.
An exploration of the bodies in our solar system, focusing on the origin, present conditions, and possible futures.
An exploration of our galaxy, our position in it on earth, and it’s relation to the rest of the universe.
Beyond Our Galaxy
This section will focus on what lies beyond our galaxy, the outer part of what we call space. What is the universe? What are all the galaxies we see in the night sky? How is it possible that all of these things exist? Are we alone in the universe?
Tackling the greatest feats of man, we venture further and further into the unknown of space. First into the air, then to the moon, now we have landed rovers on Mars. Soon we will colonize the red planet and mankind will no longer be isolated and dependent on planet earth alone. What does the future hold for space exploration? Will it be like the Sci-Fi popularized today? Will we journey hundreds of years to colonize distant stars?
Extra Terrestrial Life
It is the one question that has haunted man since nearly the beginning. Are we alone in the universe? With countless sightings and purported close encounters, it’s a wonder alien life has not already been confirmed. At least, not publicly yet. But, the question still remains. Is there anyone up there, and if and when we do finally meet them, what will they want with us?
Astronomy and Space Exploration has been popularized over the last sixty years and has brought us many advancements in science and technology the world over. But, for the astronomical cost incurred in our pursuit, we have to ask the question, is it worth it? Should man be attempting to explore space? Should we take it upon ourselves to attempt to leave our home, planet earth?
These are the questions I will attempt to answer in this research project.
- I predict there are extra terrestrial life in the universe, but that they are demonic in nature and malefic in purpose.
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