Week 8- Space+Abstract Jackielyn Lacanilao

On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from earth, gave a brief statement before stepping off the Eagle landing module and onto the moon. Back on earth, close to a billion people were listening. A moment later, Armstrong put his left foot into the powdery lunar surface, took a few steps, and humanity had walked on the moon. No doubt, this was a great moment for mankind, and it gave the world a psychological lift of conquering something that before seemed so impossible. It fed the craving of man’s imagination and wonder of space and places beyond the earth. It gave a feeling of adventure and excitement of venturing into the unknown. And all of these things are great and wonderful, but this expedition had an enormous price tag. And maybe that price tag was ok and justified back in 1969, for we went and conquered and it is an exciting accomplishment in our history books, but in 2004 President Bush proposed not only a manned flight return trip to the moon, but a man voyage to mars.

Sending man back into place is an unnecessary human risk factor for astronauts, and a waste of trillions of dollars when there are domestic issues that could have been desperately used with this money instead, and lastly, that there are cheaper and more effective methods of space exploration. We should question how exactly will sending men back to the moon benefit us here on earth? The fact is, there is really very little benefit. We have already jumped around on the moon, taken photographs and planted a U.S. flag. Is is necessecary to go back? What is there to do? Bush’s proposal is not justified; it just seems to be part of the idea of a “leader with a vision”. And at first glance, the idea of going back to the moon and venturing to mars is exciting, may give us goose bumps and spark our imagination. But we must stop and think, hey wait…what are we actually accomplishing here besides collecting a few rocks and photos? We must question the motives behind this proposal, because for lack of true benefits to us here on earth, the only good thing left to say about the whole thing is it is an “inspiring goal for national pride”.

So now that we have established there is really no benefit of sending a man back into space expect for making America feel good it brings me to my next point…the unnecessary human risk factor…why in the world would we send humans into a potentially deadly situation just to trigger goose bumps and our imaginations? Human bodies are fragile and it is a huge physical risk for body to be in space. It is scientifically proven that human’s lose bone and muscle mass and if they spent too much time in space and returned to gravity, their bones would just crumble with the force of gravity. It is also known that humans are exposed to huge amounts of deadly radiation up in space. This could lead to tumors and deadly cancer. So why should we send these brilliant astronauts to have their bodies wrecked or put into a potentially deadly situation just to collect some rocks and wave to us here on earth? It is ridiculous and it doesn’t make any sense.

Here is a cute video I found on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFOiDs0zQrc

Abstract: For my final, I plan to develop a brand new idea similar to my midterm (in terms of the topic of Body & Medicine). I propose an evolutionary t-shirt (TMOOD™) that can detect a person’s mood. The person’s state of emotion will be reflected through the t-shirt’s external fabric. It functions similarly to a mood ring except instead of wearing it on your finger it will be worn over your body. In a typical mood ring, the hollow glass is filled with thermotropic liquid crystals. The material used for TMOOD will be 100% organic cotton that will be dipped in thermotropic liquid crystals. These liquid crystal molecules are very sensitive; they change position, or twist, according to changes in temperature. This change in molecular structure affects the wavelengths of light that are absorbed or reflected by the liquid crystals, resulting in an apparent change in the color of TMOOD. TMOOD is great for people who want others to know how they are truly feeling! So when you ask them how their day was, you’ll know the real truth through their TMOOD =) The TMOOD never deceives the one who wears it.

Jackielyn Lacanilao

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