Life Expanding Beyond Our Conceived Limits

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Intro…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1 The Beginning…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1 Alien Life…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...3 Life’s Essentials…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Potential Life on Neighboring Planets and Moons……………………………………………………………………………………………….5 Conclusive Theory……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….6 Resources……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………7

Life Expanding Beyond our Conceived Limits
By: Mitchell Armenta
December 1, 2012

Intro
One of the deepest fascinations of mankind has always been if our existence is a lone existence, or if there is life elsewhere. Since the beginning of life forms that were consciously aware of their actuality on this rock floating through space that we quaintly call home; mankind has always sought to explain our purpose, beginning, ending, and our connectivity to the universe around us. This is why each society throughout the centuries has invented their own unique deities to explain the wondrous happenings that occur to keep life prevailing here. That and the fact that we don’t like to feel as though we are alone in this massive universe. Before we could conceive the concept that life could exist elsewhere society leaned upon the comfort that we had an ultimate creator(s), but this unfortunately lead to the divine rights mindset creating the misconception that we were special and thus inhabited the sole planet to harbor life. Then as time progressed people created the abstract concept that there was intelligent life outside of our planet and that it was hostile, leading to fear of life beyond our planet. No matter what time period or religious background one may be from, they all have the same curiosity to know if we are in fact alone; or if we have some form of cosmic neighbor. In this writing I will explore the ever mind contorting idea of life beyond our planet through theories comprised by physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists, while incorporating my own contemplations upon this subject. The Beginning

As humans we are intrigued not only with our demise, but also our creation. I find it so fascinating that such an advanced species would focus on something as deplorably depressing as our imminent demise, but I am one to be exceedingly intrigued with how the Universe began. “Up until the 1920s everyone thought that the Universe was static and unchanging in time. Then it was discovered that the Universe was expanding. Distant galaxies were moving away from us. This meant they must have been closer together in the past. If we extrapolate back, we find that they must have all been on top of each other about fifteen billion years ago. This was the Big Bang, the beginning of the Universe; but was there anything before the Big Bang? If not what created the Universe? Why did the Universe emerge from the Big Bang the way it did?” –Stephen Hawking. (2008, Feb) Stephen Hawking: Questioning the Universe [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_hawking_asks_big_questions_about_the_universe.html Understanding how the Universe began allows us to better understand how life itself started to form.

The largest theories to date are that of the Big Bang and the Expansion theory. Both of them begin in one centralized area with an unimaginably dense object. Professor Hawking (2010) alludes at the thought that they were of the same happening by stating that simply tracing back the traveled paths of each galaxy to the centralized point we can deduce that the Universe expanded, then exploded from its constraining point of origin to continue expanding outward. When this occurred the Universe inflated into existence causing the matter forming to collide and syndicate. Fast forwarding beyond that as the Universe began to structurally form, the...
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