The Mysteries Of Outer Space – How Far Science Has Advanced
The most talked about planet, as far as life on other planets, is Mars. From old shows and movies, aliens or “little green men” have been depicted to show life on Mars. There are a lot of theories that float around the internet about aliens being real; and, for certain, numerous box office hits about aliens. In actuality, there is no “known” concrete proof that any such aliens exist on Mars or any other planet. In order for any life form to exist on Mars or other planets, certain resources have to be available. Sources such as water, energy like the sun, and organic compounds (such as carbon) have to be available in order for life to be possible.
Scientists have ruled out most of the known planets as possibilities. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune consist mostly of gases, and Mercury and Venus reach temperatures as high as 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The most likely candidate is Mars, which is what scientists are focusing on the most.
NASA began sending astronauts into outer space in rockets to explore and bring back information that would hopefully help mankind. Some information has been obtained through satellites, but science wanted to go further than that. It had been a long-term dream of many to put a man on the moon. In fact, John F. Kennedy wanted to see that happen, but, unfortunately for him, he was assassinated before it actually did happen in 1969 as part of the Apollo program.
The first “spacewalk” was in 1965 during the Gemini flight by astronaut Edward White. Sadly, just two years later, when he was about to make his next flight into space, he died in a horrible fire in Apollo 1 with two others while doing a “plugs-out” test. The flight was to have taken place that next month
There are other types of telescopes in various places in the United States and around the world, which are technologically advanced to observe outer space from earth. One of these is called the Minerva Telescope.
Another telescope that claims to be the world’s largest telescope is called the FAST telescope located in China. Construction on it began in 2011, and by 2016, it saw its first light. In 2017, it discovered two new pulsars and 44 more pulsars by September of 2018. For various reasons, the FAST telescope is not operating at full capacity, so the hopes of what this massive telescope can do have not yet been achieved.
“To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
With all the technological advances and upgrades, who knows what mysteries will be unlocked and uncovered in the future. Only time will tell.