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PHYS Term Paper - Balloga 1 Abram Balloga PHYS 1203 TA Mark...

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Balloga, 1 Abram Balloga PHYS 1203 TA: Mark Transtrum- mkt26 Term Paper 5/11/2009 Mars Bars and April Fools Introduction/ Background: Warp speed travel, space battles, exotic landscapes, aliens are often portrayed in popular films as a realistic future lifestyle . It is a tantalizing dream, an easy and entertaining indulgence for vivid imaginations . Science fiction has always glorified space travel, colonization and conquest as the final frontier, a frontier that may eventually become home to humans, equally comfortable as mother earth . Regrettably, towards the purpose of those fictional fantasies, mankind is still in the Stone Age . Technology wise we have only proven proficiency in short manned space flights, excepting the international space station . Delivery of humans to celestial bodies has only been attempted on the moon, the closest and simplest possibility . Even in the case of our moon, creating a sustainable human habitat is far beyond our reach . A further disappointment is the fact that, to our knowledge, we have not yet made contact with and extra- terrestrials or even found indisputable evidence of the existence of life outside the reach of Earths generous bosom . Humans are at the very beginning of this journey, and must begin our search with the most likely candidate planets . Regardless of the end goal – be it human habitation, resource harvesting, strategic military placement, search for extraterrestrial life, or simple human curiosity – our search must begin with a planet relatively nearby and which retains the potential to sustain life in some capacity .
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