Do we need to keep searching for new planets?
The Voyager 1 is the rocket which currently holds the record for the farthest travelling man-made object in space.
It reached outside of our solar system, crossing the heliopause, in 2012.
At the present moment, it is floating over 64,200 kilometres above cloud level.
We can still communicate with it today.
The last on-board photo was taken in 1990 and is named 'Solar System Family Portrait'.
The Voyager 2 is twinned with Voyager 1.
It is a more recent craft than Voyager 1 and has not travelled out of Earth's solar system yet.
Together, Voyager 1 and 2 have discovered all of the giant planets in our outer solar system.
The Golden Record
The Golden Record was found inside Voyager 1.
It carries a message which shows images and sounds from Earth.
It is 12 inches wide and is made of gold.
There are 4,000 exo-planets in our solar system alone.
Multiple are yet to be discovered.
However, we have already found and studied many planets in our solar system.
Should we bother trying to find the planets which are undiscovered? Or could the money be better spent?
My opinion: We should continue to try and find different planets because:
It could help to find solutions for problems on Earth.
It can support scientific discoveries and help us improve on technology.
It can give us trading materials and boost our economy.
Therefore, I believe we should keep attempting to find more planets.
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