Impact on dicovering the unknown

Astronomy (It's Out of This World)

About Me

Hello my name is Dana Herrera I'm currently a Sophomore student in F.L. Schlagle High school. I love playing sports, food, and reading. My favorites sports are volleyball and baseball, my favorite foods are Mexican food and Chinese, and my favorite book genres are scifi and fiction. I love learning and discovering new things that I didn't know before. I would like to travel the world if possible or explore outside of Kansas.

What impact would discovering the unknown (Space) have on the society?

I chose this question because there is various things we don't understand; like sea life, afterlife, life in general, and the world before humanity. Having all these choices to talk about, but I chose Space, not knowing inspires me to have a better understanding of what could be out there. Everyday we discover something new; species involve over time, and different things are created that can either improve or damage our future. I wonder how our society will react to learning more about the unknown part of astronomy.
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Our Solar System

There are 9 planets in our Solar System:

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and Neptune.

Explaining My Topic

Other stars and galaxies are so many billions of miles away from Earth that astronomers measure the distances in light-years. Looking at the stars is like looking back in time! An important telescope that advanced our perspective of the universe is the Hubble Space Telescope. Society was astonished by what Edwin Powell Hubble had created (in 1889- 1953) and discovered through the telescope. The Hubble Telescope has discovered Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Black Holes, unknown planets, Expansion of the universe, other Galaxies, the beginning of the universe and ect. I hope to gain more knowledge and understanding on astronomy and what we don't already know. I think Astronomy plays a huge part in moving forward our society and technology. I would like others to reflect on what they already know and learned; questioning and predicting what our society will be like if we did discover unknown astrology.
What's next for telescopes?

Future of Astronomy: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope


During my research on my topic, "What Impact would discovering the unknown (Space) have on our society?", I expanded by looking into the past, present and possible future of Astronomy. According to NASA, there are benefits to discovering new things, is well-known for there discoveries, "The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries” and “human space exploration we expand technology, create new industries, and help to foster a peaceful connection with other nations”. Without the urge of wanting to explore and get more knowledge over something we don't understand, our society wouldn't be as advanced. Society keeps changing over the years but it wouldn't be possible without exploring the unknown. When we discover something new we make use of it by applying it to our life's, so we have been applying new things for centuries and slowly changing the way we live. Imagine how Earth would be like if we didn't make or invent simple things, evolution of humans might not be the same today.
The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson

In this video Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" His answer is simple yet it makes one think deeply on the topic and opens ones thoughts.

Video made by Max Schlickenmeyer

Society advances through each discovery moving us forward into something new. According to NASA, Chief Historian Steven J. Dick wrote in Why We Explore, "the idea of space exploration has been woven into the fabric of society over the last 50 years, even as exploration has raised our cosmic consciousness. The historical analysis of that ... help us make informed choices about our future in space." In the past 50 years we have learned more than we thought we could, yet it doesn't explain everything we want to know. Society is curious to continue exploring and discovering more of space. There are theories that we are trying to prove to explain something we don't fully understand. These theories and predictions are just an estimate of what could be possible, but when there is proof we ask more questions and expand out knowledge. Our technology has advance over the years, pushing astronomy even further with the new resources we create or find.

New Horizons Pluto Images

In 2006 New Horizons spacecraft was launches into space on a mission to the planet Pluto and beyond. In July of 2015 the spacecraft sent the first images of Pluto, that got some initial observations and hypotheses about Pluto's surface. The journey took about 9 and half years traveling 3 billion miles to get past Pluto. "With that flyby, New Horizons completed a long-held goal of the scientific community and also five-decade-long quest by NASA to explore all the planets known at the start of the space age", said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern. Recently there was a Press Conference on March 21, 2016; New horizons: Peering into Pluto's Past.

New Horizons: Peering into Pluto's Past

Most recent news from New Horizons.

Survey Reflection

On my Astronomy-Space Survey I received 50 responses, 25 were female and 25 were male. My questions expanded my perspective of what my classmates thought and knew. One of my questions was "Is there life outside of Earth?", 60% said yes, there is life and it's possible that when exploring we would find life out side of Earth. Another question was "Do you think the Universe is expanding?" 52% students said yes and 38% said neither, it's unknown. Which ties with my blog informing others that the universe is expanding which was discovered with the use of Hubble's Telescope. When asking for their thoughts some responses were, "I would personally never explore the universe, because that's a way to die.", "Intriguing", "Who made the Universe" and "We need to explore more". Some other responses to "What do you think the future of astronomy look like?" were "flying cars", "beautiful", "Enigmatic", "technology" and "Back to the Future". Those are some questions and responses that I received through my Astronomy-Space Survey.

For More Information Visit Nasa's Website!

Genius Hour Reflection

In conclusion the impact from discovering new things on society can influence change, which over time could possibly change peoples life's. Discovering new things leads to new thoughts, theories, and possibilities. Discovering unknown things are the answer to our questions and creates more questions, advancing our understanding in astronomy. Throughout my research for Genius Hour, there was a plenty of information that was either relevant or not. Which lead to deciding what would be best to included in my blog. I learned that we discover something new almost everyday, which can lead to more new information. However, the process of finding this unknown information takes time and patience. When researching it was easy but getting the right information to include in my blog was complicated. Overall I think the process of researching is beneficial, because one has to be informed about their topic. Society has changed from previous astronomical discoveries that reshaped them, so it's very likely that future discoveries will lead to change in society.

MLA Citations

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