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    Dr. Gu says “It is a fully autonomous robot, that is in line with a future mars sample return mission.” with a straight face as if that is no big deal. Just that statement alone explains the huge difference between robotics in high school and college. Fully autonomous means that there is no human contact at all, and the robot will drive and think on its own. In high school the autonomous robots run through a list of commands that will complete a specific task with a person doing the calculations, and writing the commands for the robot to do to complete the task. In other words the person is the brains behind the program to the robot and not the robot. WVU’s robot is the brain operating the robot, not a person. They created algorithms that take information from cameras and sensors on the robot, then the robot uses this information to make its own decisions of when, where, what, and how to complete the task. Dr. Gu explains that Cataglyphis “goes around the park, finds and picks up 10 samples of different types off the ground with different degrees of difficulty, then the robot has to return these samples to the base where it started all without pre-programmed points, it thinks on its…

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    Colonizing Mars: Must or Bust? For the better part of the last century, the thought of landing man outside our planet has been an inviting target for international space agencies, distinction seeking engineers, grandeur adventurists, and dreamers of all ages. Carrying on the momentum from the Space Race and mankind's giant leap towards the moon, the next great phase in our mission to colonize outer space has been the Red Planet, Mars. The fact of the matter, however, is that the amount of…

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    Benefits Of Space Missions

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    Space Missions Humans are expected to travel to Mars in 2030 for the first time, guided by NASA’s hand. In the article, “Do You Have What it Takes to Colonize Mars? NASA Might Need You” and “America Will Take the Giant Leap to Mars” both authors write about NASA’s future plans of going to space. NASA also said the space mission would not be carried out though if there wasn 't proper safety measures. Space missions could be the turning point of history, but do the risks outweigh the benefits?…

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    has had a number of astronauts walk on the moon, but what about mars? The idea of a manned-mission to mars has intrigued thousands of minds, but like me, lots have turned it down. I don’t think a manned-mission to mars is a good idea, due to physical, logical, and financial needs. Undeniably, a mission to mars would be too physically challenging. First, adapting to the climate would cause trouble. For example, the average temperature on mars is -61 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the average…

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    boundaries of this frontier by focusing on Earth’s nearest planet, Mars, and in particular astronomers have researched the possibility of a manned missions to Mars. This proposal seriously began with Wernher von Braun, the first person to conduct a detailed technical study of a Mars mission in 1952 . The quest for Mars soon heated up during the Space Race between the United States and Soviet Union, as both countries explored the possibility of such a program, although with very limited progress.…

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    Hawaii Simulation

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    that on Mars. Additionally, synonymous with conditions on Mars, the area is largely clear of plants and animals (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). The soil near this Hawaiian base contains minerals also found in Martian soil (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). Moreover, many geographic features such as lava tubes and channels would be available for the crew to explore (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). Furthermore, weather conditions are mostly…

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    Should Mars Be Colonized?

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    Mars, a planet that contains the possibility of allowing humans to live somewhere other than earth. However, this can lead to multiple questions as with the colonization of Mars will also lead to the beginning of a completely new society. This idea of a new martian society, will lead to questions about what laws,clocks, and calendars should this new Martian society use. Additionally, with the colonization of Mars also comes the concern of unknown diseases and illness that comes from living in a…

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    The Benefits Of Space

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    be out of the picture for many. Although nuclear power reduces the exposure of radiation to their workers, this marginal still necessitates a heavy consignment. “The three principal types of reactors under consideration are those cooled by a pumped liquid metal, like sodium or lithium, by… liquid metal heat pipes and by inert helium or helium-xenon gas. Regardless of which one ultimately is chosen, it would allow scientists to conduct the same kind of orbital research at distant Jupiter that is…

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    Thanatos Essay

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    two years after the crash of the Schiaparelli, a probe set to explore Mars. Few months after the crash, the Trace Gas Orbiter picked up footage of an odd black mass emerging from the crater left from the crash. In curiosity, NASA assembled a team of three to travel to the site on the shuttle Thanatos and investigate in hopes of information regarding extraterrestrial life. Included in the team was Liz Arendse, Cody Delaney, and Hazel Palomer. Liz was the captain and a top astronaut, Cody was…

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    Thinking of NASA’s greatest accomplishments in the past, and the Apollo 11 mission might come up. Other countries worked diligently to reach the same accomplishment that NASA had; but the race to the moon was ultimately reached by the United States. Which makes one of the reasons why the United States is the leader in space exploration. it is because of NASA’s projects, advancements, and accomplishments, NASA was the catalyst that allowed the United States to be the leader in space…

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