Human Fascination with the Stars

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Humans have been mesmerized by the stars since the beginning of their existence. This fascination is documented throughout history from simple drawings in the caves of Neanderthals to the great minds of Copernicus, Galileo, and Ptolemy, leading to today’s massive research institutions such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (better known as NASA). The concept of time itself is credited to the understanding of the universe. Our race’s vast determination to explore space has led to the most remarkable scientific discoveries and technological advancements. This willingness to push boundaries in notably seen in NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, where scientists were able to put a man on the moon in just eight few years. The expansion of aeronautical and space knowledge has become increasingly relevant in recent times as environmentalists and statisticians give forecast to the Earth’s irreversible death. 80 percent of the earth’s natural forests have been destroyed and further calculations indicate that oil, the precious black gold, will run out as early as 2060 (Boss). Conditions will only get worse because of inevitable population growth as well; our planet will eventually run out of space. The Earth’s resources are not infinite, therefore as the fate of the human race is contemplated, the search for a new life supporting planet is the highest priority for space exploration. Currently, over 7 billion people populate the earth with an average population growth
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