Is Being Alone in Space a Good Thing?

Is Being Alone in Space a Good Thing?

The benefits of being Alone

As a species, we keep finding ourselves coming back to the question of whether we are alone in our universe or not. We constantly keep looking through our telescopes crossing our fingers and hoping that we get something in return. We constantly make Hollywood movies that depict aliens as dangerous, harmless, ones that are wiling to communicate with us and ones that are not.

Voyager l was launched in the 1960's which contains a time capsule that contains images and sounds on what called the Golden Record. Everything from photos of other planets to pictures of trees to a photo of a bearded man. We sent it out into space in hopes that some other civilization will pick it up and possibly read it. This might sound intriguing for some, but for me, it is both intriguing and startling. Say some form of advanced species was able to actually acquire this satellite. Would they be conquerors or something else? We really don't know, and I would rather not find out. The possibility of us leaving Earth in search of a civilization or to move to another planet get higher and higher with all the new advances we have in science and technology. We have the capabilities to keep seeing further out into space. We are discovering new galaxies, new "earth-like" planets, and new stars that host unexplored worlds. One of the most recent voyages under way are the Mars missions. A handful of people have signed away their lives to the effort of interstellar travel. In the famous words of Arthur C. Clark, " Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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