In 1961 was a historical event that changed the way we understand space. It was when the first person (Yuri Gagarin) went into space. This was the main starting point for space exploration that includes going into space.
In 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon. What did Neil and Buzz find out from exploring the moon? In the early 70’s Sky Lab (the first space station) allowed people to live in space. In 1981 the first reusable spacecraft was launched and they helped build the International Space Station which has been inhabited since 2000. Space missions like this have given us a better understanding of space and allowed us to build things like satellites. How likely is it for space missions to go wrong?
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To make sure I get my homework done, I’ll plan out each week’s homework in my diary. I also want to apply what I learn at school to everyday life. Another thing is to organise my thinking in lessons into a way that is easy to understand and look back on. I think I should work on staying on task in class. I could set limits of things I can say to others. I also want to step up and do things like helping others when they are distracted or doing the wrong thing. This is what a good role model does.
I have been doing my homework and usually plan out each day’s homework. I have also been talking a lot about my learning at school with my family but I haven’t been applying it to normal life that much. My handwriting has been gradually getting better as well and lately I have been keeping not only my books but my locker neat as well. I have been on task more to be more efficient and I try to make sure others are getting their work done as well so I learn lots and get the most out of my lessons.
Next year I will be in the highest year of primary school which means I will be a more influential role model than when I was in younger years. I will also be a school captain next year and this means I will have extra work and be doing a lot of public speaking in front of the school and also other people I don’t know. I also want to get my homework done earlier in the week so I don’t leave it the last minute and stress over it. I also want to be as organised as I can to prepare for high school.
While to us a colony on Earth seems like trying the impossible but to someone like Elon Musk it is a very achievable goal. Even if this can happen you would think it would obviously take a long time but Elon Musk expects it start this in 2024! That’s only 8 years from now!
The main jobs that would be pursued on Mars would be pretty much what we already use robots for on mars which involves jobs like Astronomy, Planetary Science, Life Science and engineering but people like sociologists, historians, psychologists and philosophers would also be needed. Mars is the only other planet (apart from earth) that allows us to be self-sufficient and we can get things like water, air and fuel from Mars’ atmosphere however it would be probable that the colony would still need to rely on resources coming from earth as well. We predict that this idea will start out expensive but overtime, as the necessary processes are put into place the it will become something that is cheap and a normal part of humanity. What will the benefits be of a Mars colonisation be? How will the time it takes to get to mars from earth affect the colony? This plan sounds crazy in so many ways but in a matter of time it could turn out fine and be a completely successful colony that will grow and terraform (both figuratively and literally) mars to revolutionise the way we live, or should I say where we live!
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As you probably know, life in space is very different to how we live on earth. The main difference is that everything is weightless which means that the human body is affected. Specifically muscles and bones are affected and are the main parts to think about when choosing food to be consumed in space.
Protein is an important factor for food in space and most ideal foods for space are high in protein which is a bit different to food on earth. All foods to eat in space are in some way packaged because of the weightless environment. Russian food in a can is also ideal for eating in space along with pre-made food that just needs water to be added and it is ready to eat but they also need drink so they have it in a little bag with a straw attached that doesn’t allow the liquid to float out. Food comes up to astronauts in boxes that have a red label if they contain Russian food and a blue label if they are from the U.S or one of the other western partner agencies. What would happen if the wrong food was eaten in space? How does food get sent up to astronauts?
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