Exploration To Destruction: Pluto And Landing On The Moon

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Exploration to Destruction Since man has been put on the Earth there has always been a curiosity for the unknown, especially for what lies beyond the Earth. We have gone from only being able to see the moon and stars with our naked eyes to studying Pluto and landing on the Moon. There are many different ways that we discover planets and many different components that we study. Some examples of what we use to find planets are the Doppler Effect, Astrometry, Transit Photometry, and Direct Imaging. Once we have found a planet we study it as thoroughly as possible with the technology that we have. Formulas are a large part of that study. Without formulas and deductive reasoning based off of our remote observations there would be almost no way …show more content…
Mars is a prime example of any space missions to other planets because it is the planet we have tried to observe the most. One of the spacecraft’s, Mariner 4, missions was to carry out the first flybys of Mars. It collected the first close-up photographs of the planet and had a small tape recorder on it as well. It showed us craters on Mars and while in Mars’ solar orbit it also taught us about Mars’ solar wind environment; teaching us about the magnetic field and atmosphere of the planet. There is a current mission happening called MAVEN that hopes to learn more about how fast atmospheric gases are being lost to space today, leading to knowledge about what happened in the past. This spacecraft will make direct measurements of Mar’s complete atmosphere; providing us with a more in-depth and firsthand experience of the strength of Mar’s atmosphere. These are just the beginning of geological studies, and will continue building the basis of our knowledge about Mars, and continue supporting what we have already deduced about the planet, while teaching us more that we could not have …show more content…
We could find other habitable planets and eventually relocate, we could find a mineral-rich planet, alien life, ideas for living based off of other life forms, and during all of this we would be learning more about the universe around us. These all are very important things and could lead to great possibilities, but that is all that it is; a possibility. There are no guarantees and for that reason alone, we need to spend more time focusing on our own, current planet. I do not think that the study of the Solar System outweighs the overall costs. We should spend less in the study of the Solar System and still do it, but focus more into the current issues that we have on our planet. Global warming is an example of a current issue that would need immediate attention over the exploration of the Solar System. Certain cities are beginning to flood because of the rise of the ocean over

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