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Science Project

The Science Of:Space Exploration

EVERYDAY USES:NASA's advancement in technology for exploring space has lead to many "spin off technologies." These are things that were intended for space but lead to practical uses in everyday life here on Earth. Solar cells and batteries, water purification systems, freeze drying, scratch-resistant lenses, LED lights, and much more, are all such technologies. Many of these tools and items we use all the time without even realizing it.

HISTORY:From the moment people set foot on Earth, we have always been fascinated with the stars above our heads. During the late 1500's Dutch glass maker Hans Lippershey created the first working telescope and from then on telescopes have gotten better and better due to advancements in technology. In 1957, Russia launched 'Sputnik 1' marking the beginning of the space race. In 1969, America launches Apollo 11; Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon, marking an end to the space race. Both during and after the 'race' many satellites and probes are sent to explore beyond the moon. Many of them, such as Voyager 1 and 2, are still in operation providing detailed evidence of planets and extraterrestrial objects.

SCIENTISTS IN MEDIA:Today scientists at NASA and other space agencies are highly regarded as some of the best in the world. However, media and Hollywood movies usually depict these men and women as either doomsday saviors or typical nerds. Even though sometimes viewed in a slightly biased way, all of these men and women are highly respected in real life and have worked hard getting to where they are now.

TODAYS EXAMPLES:The movie,'Gravity,' shows a fictional event of common things astronauts use and go through in space. The book,'NASA: A History of the U.S. Civil Space Program shows an accurate and detailed timeline of everything NASA related. For a t.v. show, NASA TV actually shows live accounts of everday life that scientists and astronauts go through. CNN gave a 24th anniversary video of the Hubble Space Telescope, which can take pictures from light-years away, making it a valuable space exploring tool. Lastly, Science Daily provides specific topics about space exploration and what NASA is working on next.

By: Eric Nytko


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