What can we do with space and what should we do?

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Many people who I know have asked questions like: what will we do when the sun bursts? Will we go to mars and live there? And I know for a fact that I myself ask these same questions to people and find myself typing them up on google. Therefore, I have tried to answer these questions in this post. Scientists, people working in the international space, and world leaders are doing many things so that we can use it to our advantage. For example, living on Mars and going on holiday to space. But to me, some are better than others. An example of this would be having a space force.

Donald Trump wants to have a space force. This is like the air force, navy, and army but in space. Personally, I'm not extremely fond of this idea; however, I can see some of the plus sides. Once and if this is established it will be lead military service for space operations. This is good because it could contribute to space exploration and expand our knowledge of space. The Space Force would be organized with the missions of protecting the United States' interests in space. I am not entirely sure what this means but I think it's so that the USA can do what they want with space and not have anyone or anything stopping them from doing it. Nonetheless, it could also mean protecting a country from other things in space or other countries. This leads me to my next point on why it is good. The USA will be able to have advanced security adding to their army which is the best in the world and they are already spending 612.5 billion dollars on it.

One of the negatives of having a space force would be that it could lead to extreme militarism. Since many countries like India already have decided that they want the best space program, they would think "hey, the USA is 'beating' us now we need to have a space force so that we can 'beat' them." This leads to money being thrown straight out of the window just to be the best. I decided to use the word 'beat' since militarism is like a competition to see who has the best army and the country prides itself because of it. One of the reasons why WW1 started was because of countries being militant and we don't want a repeat of that.

I think that the USA shouldn't go forward with this idea.

People working at the international space station want to see if we can live on Mars one day. This is because Mars and our Earth have many similarities and we want to find out if perhaps we could live there. One reason why it's useful to find out is that one day ( far from now ) the sun will get so big, that it will engulf the Earth and everything living on it. And since we want to carry on the human race, it would be useful if we had a planet b - not saying that it should be our first resort for climate change. Another reason why this is a good idea is that another key world issue is overpopulation. This basically means that there isn't enough room on the Earth to live and because of this lots of other things happen ie. global warming, excessive use of money and many more. If we could have another planet some of us humans could move to Mars and continue the race instead of having to deal with unnecessary issues.

Some reasons why this isn't a good idea is because even though there are some similarities there are also some differences that could stop the mission from happening. One would be that the atmospheric pressure is far too low and no one would be able to survive without pressure suits which costs a lot of money to make and as a result add to the large costs. According to a new study, Mars has lost so much of its potential greenhouse gases to space over billions of years that there is now no known possibility of transforming the remaining atmosphere into a breathable one. I found some of the information in this paragraph here.

I think that we should go forward with this idea.

Some people have said that one way to tackle climate change would be to shoot all of our rubbish into space. I could only find one reason why it is good but even I don't entirely agree with it. It stops all of our waste from being our problem right? Wrong. The gravitational pull given by our massive planet is only dependent on our distance from Earth's center, and causes all objects on or near it — including humans — to constantly accelerate "downwards." This would be if rockets and space ships weren't invented. Obviously, we have that kind of technology so another more valid reason would be that it would be very expensive since the sun is 150 million kilometers away from us ( the sun is where it all would be mainly sent ). Also, it would be extremely hard to position the rocket in a way that it would hit the sun as the earth moves in a sideways motion, relative to the sun. One risk would be that the rocket - filled with nuclear gases - could explode and we would have to deal with all of that chaos. Furthermore, it could crash in space and either give us even more space debris or come crashing back at the Earth and hit us. A lot of the information in this paragraph was found in this video.

I think that we shouldn't go forward with this idea.

People are spending money on going on holiday to space. This could be a good thing as it is very educational and in the future people may even be able to go on school trips to the moon. It's a lot more exciting than just your average holiday to Spain or France. Furthermore, it could be a very fun and amazing adventure.

Some negatives would be that a lot of money would be invested in paying for all of the equipment needed. Also, along with a lot of other things that happen in the ISS, it's an experiment. So you aren't going to be promised that you're going to come back alive.

I think that we should go forward with this idea.

These are some of the many things that people are wanting to do with and in space. Please comment on what your opinion is on these things. Thank you for reading my post.

Comments (36)

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    05 Nov 2019

    Beautiful post balanced_singer. I strongly agree with the video. To summarise it, scientist are thinking that we should be transporting trash via a spaceship that can take 7,000kg! For all out trash we would need 168,000,000 rockets, and that would only be for this year! The cost would be even more that the space station, at a cost of £3,000,000,000,000! This is because the distance between Earth a d the Sun 1,500,000km away from us
    In my opinion, this is a waste of money. Why can't we donate it so the less fortunate countries, as they are one of the world problems too. Launching trash into space is a good idea, but what if a rocket got stuck in the atmosphere, all of it would come raining down on us. Even launching a rocket out of our solar system is easier. Why? We move around the sun in a sideways motion. So, if we were to launch a rocket towards the sun, it would completely be lost elsewhere. Luckily there is one way. By slowing down the rocket by 30km per second, and to easily get out of the solar system we would only need to gain 12km per second. A nice stragety, right?

    But if we had a rocket fuller with nuclear waste and then explodes on the launch pad. That would be a whole different story. If it was to be successful, then it could flying and then explodes in the orbit. The most common scenario would be that we would be adding more debris to our already growing space junk. Or, we could do our part and, stop using do much junk.


    But, who knows we could just start putting it in a volcano.?

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    1. St Marys Whitstable logo cheerful_significance | St Mary's Catholic Primary School A
      memorable_orchard's comment 08 Nov 2019

      If we put all our rubbish in a volcano, it could erupt and then eventually it would break down and go into the seas🤷‍♀️ this could make it worse but it was a good idea.

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      1. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
        cheerful_significance's comment 10 Nov 2019

        Although this would work cheerful_significance it would take a lot of years for the volcano to erupt and by the time we stack the waste into the volcano we would have so much waste the volcano would be full of it. Plus materials like plastic could join together and stop the lava flowing fluently which could break the volcano or even damage the inner core of the earth where the lava or magma does come from. This may cause to further eruptions as the lava gets jammed. In addition to that, volcanoes velocity may increase and start entering cities and towns nearby. There also could be a disaster like the one in Pompeii on the 24th of August 79 AD.

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    2. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
      memorable_orchard's comment 10 Nov 2019

      I disagree with you memorable_orchard because even though we have a lot of waste in our country why should we transport it to another planet to protect ours. This would be unfair as in the future other visitors may arrive to that planet and know that we had disposed all the junk and just left it there. This can make a bad impression on us since they will think we are careless people, which we are not. We would then just find this a daily routine and destroy other planets with our junk. Instead, what we could do is that stop wasting food and other items and reuse them or recycle them so we would not produce any more harmful things and preserve other planets while not damaging our own. And maybe in the future we might find a way to destroy junk without releasing harmful gases.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        committed_physics's comment 11 Nov 2019

        A clearly written response, committed_physics. What's the biggest risk of transporting rubbish into space, do you think?

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        1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
          Tom @ the BNC's comment 12 Nov 2019

          I know this isn't my question to answer, but I'm going to do it anyway.

          I believe that the biggest risk of sending our rubbish into space is getting space debris. Space debris refers to the countless number of small natural and man-made items that orbit Earth. Therefore, if we sent it to space a possibility could be that the rocket bursts and tons of rubbish would be floating around in the atmosphere. In 2009, nearly 500 miles. They were the inactive Russian satellite Cosmos 2251 and the active U.S.-based communication satellite Iridium 33. This accident is a reminder of the growing problem of space debris. One of the reasons why it's bad is that collisions with those tiny pieces often leave problems with the many satellites, telescopes, and other objects. One serious example of this would be in 2006, a tiny piece of space junk collided with the International Space Station, taking a chip out of the heavily reinforced window. Another threat that space debris is that: the density of the junk may become so great that it could minimize our ability to use weather satellites. This means that people wouldn't know about upcoming storms and the correct weather warnings. But also it stops us from knowing the effects of the weather from global warming.

          Like I said before if rockets full of rubbish burst in space they could also release a lot of toxic, poisonous gases. This could contribute to global warming - which is already an ever-increasing problem. Furthermore, many people are more concerned about global warming rather than space debris. For example, you see people like Greta Thunberg making speeches about global warming and not space debris. Also, people around the world are feeling the effects quicker so we know it's happening. Furthermore, we can make fixes in our everyday lives to help try and stop this. The same can't be done with space debris because it's mainly when rockets blow up. Also, a result of space debris could be that since it eventually burns in the Earth's atmosphere this could create even more gas which could get trapped inside.

          Looking at the facts, I have now changed my mind on which is the biggest risk of shooting rubbish into space. Now I think that it's global warming since it's a very serious issue that everyone talks about. Also, a lot of people want to help stop it. However, this doesn't mean that space debris isn't serious. Thank you for reading my comment.

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          1. tom Tom @ the BNC
            balanced_singer's comment 12 Nov 2019

            How likely do you think it is that space debris will affect satellites' ability to conduct weather experiments? Could you do some research and work out if it's probable?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    In space we can explore new things you can even play games and float in the space station.

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    07 Nov 2019

    This a great idea. The idea of inhabiting Mars may not be right since we are not used to the conditions and we do not have the correct equipment for the circumstances. In addition to this, I believe it would not be possible to inhabit it because is unidentified life forms and could be harmful to us including un expected storms etc. Secondly, this would cost much,much money especially the idea of building a whole new earth.

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg busy_currency | Evelyn Street Primary School
    07 Nov 2019

    I think this post was amazing because you put so much debatable in it

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  • Allerton-logo-250x250.jpg tidy_dolphin | Allerton High School
    08 Nov 2019

    I think we could explore more about space because there are still things in space that we haven’t discovered so I think we should keep on exploring and find out more.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    I think we should go ahead with the space project because then we can explore other planets and enjoy their scenes as this is once in a lifetime opportunity. This would help us in future to make gadgets to assist are day to day lives. We can find other elements of matter in other planets. But, this is only possible if we go ahead with our plans. One thing to remember is that we cannot harm their environment for the sake of exploring. While we discover other planets we should respect their soil and not harm any natural objects. Overall this is a great plan as this gives us an opportunity to enjoy another planet we can live on.

    Thank you for hearing me out.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      committed_physics's comment 08 Nov 2019

      An open-minded approach, committed_physics, where you have looked at both the reasons to explore but also how we should be careful. Do you think humans will respect the environment of space, if we explore further?

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      1. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 08 Nov 2019

        This question can have double answers tom. One of them could be that either some of the people acknowledge this message and implement it and preserve the soil or some people will just be selfish and go ahead with their plans and one day there will be no natural matter.

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo cheerful_significance | St Mary's Catholic Primary School A
    08 Nov 2019

    i ask myself all these questions too. i think that it would be too hard to move to mars straight away because of the temperatures and the amount of gravity there but we might be able to in the future if we keep making new inventions and try to come up with more ideas to help us with this.👍

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  • determined_fish | Whyteleafe School B
    08 Nov 2019

    i've thought the things in my mind to and i dont know what to do about it my friend

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg amazing_memory | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    That is a good question I am actually not sure

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg persuasive_opportunity | Millbank Academy B
    08 Nov 2019

    Volcanoes do not break down, and if it is full of rubbish it will be extinct. It can also kill animals in the sea. Some people do not even RECYCLE!!! POLLUTION POLLUTION ALERT!!!!!

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg persuasive_opportunity | Millbank Academy B
    08 Nov 2019

    We should keep our planet safe and clean. In order for that, we need to stop cutting trees, smoking, diesel cars and finally stop using gas stations. So we need to use electric cars like Tesla.

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo cheerful_significance | St Mary's Catholic Primary School A
    10 Nov 2019

    I think that if people went to space for holiday it would be bad because no one would no what they were doing and it could end badly. If it got more popular in the future there would be a bigger chance of people dying. If you think about when transport we use a lot today was first invented it took a while for it to get efficient. It is very risky to send people into space on holiday. So I think it is a bad idea.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      cheerful_significance's comment 11 Nov 2019

      Interesting use of a past example, cheerful_significance!

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    12 Nov 2019

    I think that we should either keep ex

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy industrious_melon | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    12 Nov 2019

    I think we should explore more of space because if we find a perfect planet same as earth we could live on it but how would we get to it? The reason why is because if the world were explode we can live on that instead so it saves lives.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg imaginative_groundhog | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    13 Nov 2019

    I think that FIRST we have a to take care of earth AND THEN we can explore space

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    1. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
      imaginative_groundhog's comment 13 Nov 2019

      I completely agree, Earth should be our No1 priority, I do not see the point in launching rockets into space to find solutions to our own problems when by launching rockets we are causing a problem ourselves, however I do admit that some space missions have really benefited mankind. Persuasive _ opportunity is right, we do need to make an effort to tackle climate change, it is more serious than we thought. I strongly disagree with you industrious _ melon, we need to look at the present, you can not just create a hypothetical scenario, to save lives we need to do something now. Launching rockets to find other planets that we could potentially escape to is destroying the earth via carbon dioxide and C02. Doing what you suggest would probably wreck lives not save them.

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        versatile_molecule's comment 14 Nov 2019

        Well done for being open-minded and considering views from the rest of the Burnet News Club, before giving your own reasons.

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    2. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_ant | The Ruth Gorse Academy
      imaginative_groundhog's comment 13 Nov 2019

      What do you mean by 'Take care of earth before we explore space', can you explain it in better context? Thank you!

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  • Hillyfield School logo considerate_construction | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    14 Nov 2019

    We should keep on pushing forward and pionerring(keeping the environmental and economic downsides,side affects and consequences of our actions in mind,of course!)

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  • practical_nation | Whyteleafe School A
    15 Nov 2019

    I agree as if our planet does get to a state where we can't live there we need a planet to go to. I also think we need to protect our own planet.

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  • Willowtown-logo-250x250.jpg cheerful_meteor | Willowtown Community Primary School
    15 Nov 2019

    why send rockets its just a bunch more of pollution

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_cicada | Millbank Academy A
    15 Nov 2019

    I agree with you cheerful meteor! The Earth is already filled with pollution! Why do we need more?

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  • Preston Manor School observant_mango | Preston Manor School
    15 Nov 2019

    I understand where you are coming from with Donald Trump and the space force, however, I disagree. Donald Trump has already maintained great power and he could use a space force as another weapon. This abundance of power isn’t needed! He could become a serious threat and cause issues in the general public who strongly disagree with Trump if he was to execute his plans. Also, regarding the issue with overpopulation, I agree, however there are some counter arguments that could be used. For example, we have already damaged the environment on Earth; would it be a good idea to continue slow destruction, but with another planet? That would be unless the plans we make are sustainable (would not jeopardise the future of the planet).

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      observant_mango's comment 15 Nov 2019

      Well done for connecting your ideas to other peoples,, and speaking up where you disagree and showing an open minded perspective in the second half of your answer.

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