“Houston, we have a problem”
Over many generations space has become a great curiosity for mankind. Many questions have risen such as “How many planets are in the solar system?” or “Is earth the center of the solar system?” Obviously, now with historic astronomers such as Galileo the 8 planets and the sun in the center, has become the central idea of what is the universe to mankind today. But why not reach out more? Today questions have risen “Will we ever get to Mars?” “Is there life on Mars?” Mars, Mars, Mars! ; This is goal of the National Aeronautics and Space administration today. NASA the wondrous space program of the world, forming in the brink of the terrible “Cold War”, NASA fought with the Soviets with the creation of the Apollo program, Neil Armstrong putting our American colors on the grey moon; America had outlasted the Soviets in so called “Space Race”. But why? Because of the great curiosity that mankind had in the Universe. Curiosity is a powerful force that drove NASA past the Space Race and never let it stop. After Apollo program ended budget cuts followed; but succeeded with the Skylab project and the Viking Mars Landers but most of all the majestic Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope lets us watch the expansion of the universe in a way never before imagined. Not only does it have 10 times the resolution of a ground-based telescope and 50 times the sensitivity, but another development around the same time made its unprecedented views of the universe more accessible than any previous scientific advance. All these achievements NASA as accomplished, why aren’t they going further? The tragedies such as the explosion of Colombia and the tremendous budget has overshadowed the curiosity that mankind has. “NASA should be shut down”, people have said. Others have said “Is it really necessary”. These people don’t realize the importance of NASA as their minds are clouded with the current economy and how much this program is spending. This...
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