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Monthly Archives: May 2018
The claim that because we have yet to interact with intelligent life beyond Earth, extra-terrestrial life therefore does not exist, is as unsubstantiated as an observer claiming the oceans are verifiably devoid of life as evidenced by the sixty seconds in which he/she glanced at the water’s surface from shore. If our galaxy were teeming … Continue reading The Fermi Paradox and the Great Filter → Continue reading → Continue reading
“I’m certain success is one of the possible outcomes for establishing a self sustaining Mars colony, in fact a growing Mars colony. I’m certain that it’s possible.” –Elon Musk “I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space.” –Stephen Hawking “We want to go to space to save the Earth.” … Continue reading Bringing Colonialism to Space → Continue reading → Continue reading
The construction and operation of the International Space Station is a crowning paragon of human achievement. Though it is such a grand and awe-inspiring system, I am often curious about the smaller, tedious details regarding life on the station for the astronauts and cosmonauts. I looked up some youtube videos and found some rather amusing … Continue reading Life on the ISS Continue reading → Continue reading
Liquid water, energy and organic material. According to NASA’s director of planetary science, James Green, these are the major criteria needed for life to form. Green and the rest of his NASA colleagues have also identified four extraterrestrial worlds in our Solar System that hold particular potential for the possibility of life. These worlds encompass one … Continue reading MEET the home of E.T.? → Continue reading → Continue reading
The Revised Equation The Drake Equation is a very useful tool to speculate on one of the most intriguing questions of all time: are there other intelligent lifeforms out there in the universe? The equation helps to predict the odds of the existence of other civilizations. It is all still speculation, but recently … Continue reading The “Archaeological-Form” of the Drake Equation → Continue reading → Continue reading
A lesser-known cousin of the Fermi Paradox is “The Great Filter.” The filter refers to a point in a species’ development that destroys most, if not all life. Essentially, the reason that the paradox exists must be because something is stopping other civilizations– all other civilizations. For us Earthlings, there are two possibilities: the filter … Continue reading The Great Filter Continue reading → Continue reading
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the US was in the midst of the cold war. At that point, the American space program had fallen far behind Soviet rocket technology. Desperate to upstage the Soviets, the US began to pour funding into seemingly crazy technological research. One of these projects being Project Orion. In … Continue reading Project Orion: Blasting Off to the Stars → Continue reading → Continue reading
It’s no secret that that an asteroid impact 65 million years ago caused a chain of environmental disasters. Countless species were driven to extinction, evaporated by the impact, suffocated by volcanic ash, eradicated by the rapid climate change. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever have the technology to predict when the next extinction event will happen. […] Continue reading → Continue reading
One of the biggest questions that philosophers and scientists alike ask: Are we alone in the universe? Is it possible that there’s sentient life outside of our small blue planet? The Fermi Paradox asks us this question. The universe is so big. Using even the most conservative estimations of exoplanets in the habitable zone, calculations […] Continue reading → Continue reading
My first English course at UC Merced was taught by Instructor Trevor Jackson, at the time I was still trying to fulfill the expectations my STEM oriented mentors expected from me, these expectations being to pursue a career in STEM. I was a disoriented Biology major, that realized I was so much happier and whole […] Continue reading