The Importance Of Space Exploration

The Importance Of Space Exploration

My thoughts on interstellar travel and exploration.

There are times when I just want to go out and look up at the sky; times that I could stare for hours and hours at the innumerable constellations containing stars and planets that shine ever so brightly despite how far away they are. I wish I could just go away by myself or with a close friend watching the night skies just sitting there wondering about what's out there, beyond our solar system.

The universe is so vast and even now we are just beginning to comprehend what it holds. We know little as a collective and our knowledge is only a small percentage of what we will know in the future. Looking up at that almost lucid, luminous sky that roars with never-ending life gives me some sense of solace.

It also gives me peace.

There is something about those stars that is absolutely enthralling to gaze at. Sometimes I believe I could fade away amongst the stars and not have to worry about the burdens of this world.

My only hope is that this is heaven. Floating, a spirit, amongst the stars. No boundaries except where I want my mind to take me. That is my dream. To one day sail through the vast and incomprehensible ocean that is space, through nebulas and massive star clusters.

No amount of dreams could match the intensity and vivaciousness that the universe offers. It is a divine creation for us to explore and we should grasp that opportunity. Instead of living our lives confined to a shell of a planet we must branch out and explore. It is our divine providence to do so. Already, we have probes and rovers sent out to other planets and stars.

Every day we learn something new and sometimes we even find that our previous thinking was wrong. Every day we find some amazing, stunning new element of our world that challenges even the most steadfast of ideas and beliefs.

However, let not our exploration be confined to our own solar system. We must as nations, as a world, but most importantly as people push to learn more about what lies beyond the skies. We must do this to propel ourselves forward. Nothing is standing in our way but ourselves.

Many times I wonder who the first person was to look up at the skies and notice its beauty and wonder what lies beyond.

Who was the first person to actually notice our universe’s extravagance and not take it for granted? Who was that first person to spark a kindling in mankind not just to explore our own planet but those beyond? Whoever it was I thank them.

I thank them for the achievements we have accomplished and those to come which only God knows. We know nothing except that our fate is sealed. Our destiny is to roam the skies and stars. For thousands of years, the people of Earth have pondered the possibilities of space and what it consists of. If only they could see us now.

We’ve sent men to the moon not once but several times. Even today there is talk of sending men as far as Mars. In the near future, I can even imagine colonies on other celestial bodies.

However, let us hope that we do not lose sight of the reason we are out there in the untamed wilds of the universe. We are out there because we are curious. Curious about what lies beyond our planets, solar systems and even our galaxy.

We are curious about what we will find and what we won’t. I can only imagine the sheer excitement that the first man in space felt as he finally passed through the Earth’s atmosphere into a vastly unknown realm. For all we knew there could have been nothing up there. Yet our curiosity got a hold of us and hauled us into the endless vanity of space.

Ever since we have been hooked. Like a drug, space has intrigued us since day one and I believe that as long as we allow, it will until the end. So when I look out my window on a crisp winter night when the sky is clear and I can see a star shining brightly in the distance, I like to imagine that maybe one day I might be on that star looking back down at Earth.

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Life Lessons From The Transportation Security Administration

Nevertheless, the differences between people, we are all brought together by different things.

At my age, as a college student, I see a fair share of airports: with constant flying back home, back to school, and also to various destinations for vacations like winter and spring break, I consider one of the greatest things to happen to me is seeing the TSA pre-check mark on my boarding pass.

However, with this extended time in airports, with hours and hours of connections and flight time, I have been able to observe a curious amount of airports that seem to be unique only to them.

Many people love airports: to them, it seems like a haven of possibility, of travel and new experiences. Much of the time, the trip itself doesn't seem real until you step foot in the airport, symbolizing the beginning of a new experience.

However, it is without a doubt that many Americans spend about the same amount of time researching flights rather than the trip itself.

Deciding on a destination, a time to go, and availability of flights is vital to the trip itself, so for major trips, many spend a bulk of their trip planning on flights. However, on the other end of the spectrum, many people fly last minute flights for whatever circumstance arises that requires them to get somewhere fast, even booking tickets at the counter.

This dichotomy of preparedness and state of mind that exists at the airport creates an environment of differences, which makes the airport a prime people watching spot.

The differences between people are evident in many different ways, however the art of people watching lies in the subtleties and the details. With so many people in a concentrated space, it is easy to get lost in the blur of faces when people watching, the way they dress is a solid indication of many factors that can tell you about the person they are and where they’re going. In airports, the variety of outfits ranging from suits, Hawaiian shirts, and college sweatshirts, the combination of different outfits could only be acceptable in a place such as an airport.

Additionally, the size of people’s luggage is a tell-tale sign of their trip: it tells you what kind of weather in the destination that they’re traveling to, the formality of their activities (as evidenced by suit bags and such), and the length of their stay.

Throughout hours and hours spent in airport gates and plane cabins, people watching has been not just a pastime but a method of entertainment. However, it has curiously taught me a lot about people and the differences we all have.

Nevertheless, the differences between people, we are all brought together by different things. That, in itself, proves the magic of airports and the influence they have not just on our mobility but our human experience.

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Travel

If you're not experiencing wanderlust yet, you will be after reading this article.

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Travel:

1. You learn a lot.

You learn how to travel, how to be independent, how to be smart about money and transportation.

In addition, you learn about other cultures- their languages, their customs, holidays, cities, towns, and villages. This alone is reason enough because it gives you a completely different perspective about the world. Once you leave the safety of your hometown bubble- especially leaving your country- you are thrown into the world in a completely different way.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

2. It's really fun!

I understand that not everyone finds leaving their comfort zone fun. But do you ever regret learning something fascinating? Or doing something awesome? Probably not. Traveling is one of the best ways to make lasting memories, and that’s something we should all strive for while we can. When you’re sick or old or too tired to travel one day, you will be glad that you ventured out when you did and made all of these beautiful memories that you can relive forever and share with others.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

3. There's really nothing to lose.

Be smart when you travel and you will be fine! Do some research about the area where you plan on staying, ask locals for the best places to eat/drink, look up reviews, etc. Be wary of tourist traps and try to visit places that you wouldn’t typically explore. If traveling is something you really want to do, you will have to really prioritize it in your budget so you can save money for it. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, but more often than not, you will need more money than you think.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”


4. It's good for you.

Maybe this isn’t scientifically proven, but I think everyone would agree that vacations are good for your health. My point here is that traveling, in general, is beneficial for your mind, body, and soul. Is it cliché if it’s true?? I would even say that the farther away you get from your “bubble” of influence, the greater the potential is for you to have an incredible experience!

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

5. It becomes a part of you.

After visiting a new place and making memories - especially after spending a significant amount of time in a culture different than yours - can really become a part of who you are. This life experience may change the way you view the world and view the people around you (in a good way!) and it may even affect your lifestyle habits. Once you see how other people live, you may value other opinions more and adapt some of their practices into your own life and culture!

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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