Exploring deep space and troubleshooting catastrophic world-ending events may be great fodder for sci-fi films, but it’s the subtle ring of truth that often makes science fiction so compelling. Is there life on other worlds? Will humans some day live on other planets beyond our own? With escalating global challenges and dwindling resources, these are just a few of the things that NASA continues to explore.
The results of a recent NASA-sponsored study, which suggests global industrial civilization as we know it could be on the path to a total collapse in the coming decades. This is just one of many reasons to accelerate exploration of humanity’s future options. As we explore what’s next for our own planet and beyond, here’s a look at some key NASA programs and how they could potentially impact our daily lives in the distant (or even not-so-distant) future.
The question of whether there is or ever was life on other planets is of great interest to scientists and citizens alike, and the discovery of water on Mars is a fascinating breakthrough in the search for clues. Between successful Mars Rover missions landings and satellites NASA has put into place around the giant red planet, we’re uncovering loads of new information about a key planet in our solar system.
Since 2000, the U.S. has maintained a continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station orbiting the earth. In that time, we’ve been able to study the effects of space on the human body and develop and test advanced technologies useful for human life both planetside and in space. The knowledge we gather from this continued presence on the station could prove to be an invaluable stepping to surviving deep space travel and extended manned missions into the cosmos.
Watching what unfolds on our planet from hundreds of miles above the earth’s surface can offer a fascinating look into weather patterns and the impact of natural disasters on our planet. With its presence in space, both on the ISS and through satellites, NASA can give us a better bird’s eye view at natural disasters like hurricanes, volcanoes, and other catastrophic events from a completely different perspective.
Beyond watching from the skies, NASA continues to scrutinize the sky itself to track, document, and carefully monitor large asteroids and other galactic debris that could pose a threat to the earth. Should a large enough asteroid or comet collide with the planet, it could produce a cataclysmic doomsday-level event. It’s a good thing that someone’s watching, because there’s a ton of space debris floating around the galaxy. You never know when the big one might rear its ugly head.
The effects of global warming and green houses gasses are major concerns for our future, which is why NASA’s Carbon Sleuth program has just begin its second year of an ongoing project to measure and study carbon levels across the planet. The first-year data collected from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 has revealed emerging patterns on carbon activity, and ongoing study could help from these high-tech science super sleuths could help us uncover ways to reduce carbon’s impact on our planet.
Many people take the sun for granted, but that giant volatile ball of burning hot gas at the center of our galaxy is critical to life on earth. NASA’s study of the sun is an ongoing effort to understand the many unique ways it impacts our world. From the disruptive dangers of solar flares to planetary climate change on a global scale, there’s a whole realm of research devoted to our biggest star.
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