Where in our solar system should NASA focus future missions?

In our solar system, NASA’s future missions should focus on the planet atmosphere and correlation to the sun. Already from the article “NASA to decide on upcoming mission to Saturn moon or comet” there are propositions towards the landing of a spacecraft on a comet or the exploration of Titan, one of Saturn’s moon. These two propose an understanding of the environment material in order to determine if it can sustain life. From the article “Search for life beyond Earth might only need go as far as Saturn’s rings” we can also understand that Enceladus has the potential to harbor life as there is an abundant amount of hydrogen, but also the “reactions between rock and water would spark life for microbes.” Though all these research claim that life can be sustained due to the evidence of the environment that retain the necessities, but they also lack the importance of the atmosphere and sun. The atmosphere would contain gas that could be harmful, or in cases like Enceladus, Saturn’s moon, it has a layer of ice over a possible ocean. We need to take actions towards understanding the composition of the gas in the area in order to understand what lack and what excel. The gravitational pull can also factor to how we can sustain in the area, if we were to try and live on another planet other than Earth. Sun relation is also very important. A very compelling reason of how we are sustaining on this Earth is due to it’s perfect location. We won’t be burning hot, or chillingly cold, but in cases of like Saturn’s

moon, the moon of an outer planet, we can say hypothesize that it does not receive sufficient heat and sunlight. We need to understand the variables and how much we can bend the variables so that they can work.

Visual example of how the Dragonfly project, relating to the exploration of Titan, will be possibly done.

Visual of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, layers.

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Myself. Yourself. Home.

To best describe the teen years of our lives would be rebellion. This wouldn’t necessarily mean you would only ever go against your parent’s words, or complain constantly, or go through so extreme stages of puberty. One’s rebellion could possibly just contain factors that further you from your own family. Where suddenly these walls come up and influences just make you stop from trying anything that you used to do without fear. In the book, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, describes “the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home” (Book Flap) as the theme through understanding her family.

Though, as fiction like this book may seem, it is a non-fiction novel. It is a graphic novel memoir by Thi Bui that shares an outlook of one family’s journey from the war-torn home, Vietnam, to America, and the difficulty of simultaneously taking both roles as parent and child. “Family is ow something I have created and not just something I was born into.” (21, Bui) This part from the book makes the statement of being both parent and child true. Furthermore, it shows how one’s identity resides in this world now. She is a child to her mother and a parent to her son. The narrator even questioning “How much of me is my own, and how much is stamped into my blood and bone, predestined?” (324) Questioning even her child’s own identity, but “I don’t see war and loss or even Travis and me. I see a new life, bound with mine quite by coincidence, and I think maybe he can be free.” (329)

Throughout the book, the author details the impact of how her family had to emigrate from Vietnam and her parent’s stories. While physically she tries to get closer, the narrator has never gotten a deep understanding of her family. “proximity and closeness are not the same.” (31) “Thinking that if I bridged the gap between the past and present… I could fill the void between my parents and me.” (37) That was the beginning of the narrator learning about her parents past. How their struggles have helped them to become the family they are now. That because they stuck together they survived together, enforcing the idea of the strength of one’s family and understanding her what she can claim as home.

In conclusion, in the book, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, is a memoir that portrays the themes from difficulties her family and herself to experience. That eventually lead to the understanding of the strength of family and the meaning of home from learning about their history. Excepting and understanding the individual identity of anyone.

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One Day 2019: Just Dance

This year for One Day, I decided to do Just Dance. With my friends, Jeehyun, Linie and Jenna, we decided to dance to the choreography of Forever Young by BlackPink and La Vie En Rose by Izone. The songs were to be mashed so that we could begin with the Forever Young choreography and then do the La Vie En Rose choreography. For One Day, we premade a mashed up version of the two audios and used the dance videos to them as a reference for our dance.

On One Day, we finalized our choreography and formation. We first started (around 9:30 – 10:15) with finalizing our Forever Young choreography. Then (around 10:30 – 11, after a break) we finalized the La Vie En Rose choreography.  At around 11 – lunch, we started to put the two together and recorded ourselves with and without the mirror to see what we needed to improve on. During the middle of the day, we also received feedback from other groups

For this year I think doing Just Dance for One Day was a great experience. Though I wasn’t originally enthusiastic to do this activity, it was very fun to do throughout our plannings and practicing. During practice, there were some issues with executing one part of the dance or such so to make it better we turned that part into a simpler version or kept practicing. I think everyone in our group did really well because except for one had little to no professional training, and to be performing an idol’s dance it must be on the difficult side. As for how well our group did I think we were good with our preparation part that including making the mashup and having at least a basic understanding of our individual parts in the choreography. During One Day and practices before this, we were also paid lots of attention to detail and trying over and over until we got a satisfying result. Maybe if I were to do this again, I would make everyone learn the formations and their individual parts and then on One Day we would finalize plus learn the chorus choreography and parts we need to sync well. Overall, it was just a fun experience.

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August 25, 1939

Me and my fellow slave workers building the White Sea.




The situation of factories during Stalin’s five-year plan.




The pact between Hilter and Stalin called the Nazi-Soviet pact went through. A pact made so that the two countries would never go to war with another. The two nations were finally at peace, but Stalin was in control. He had all his ambitions, his absolute autocracy. He was the most powerful man in Russia.

From witnessing my own mother’s death, returning home to my frozen family, horrific still continued to happen. Now I would believe that the time before the revolution may have lead a peaceful life for me and my new family. Russia’s land was filled with conflicts, from the economic system the USSR should follow to Stalin’s absolute autocracy that was not so much different to Tsar. On Trotsky’s sick leave to the south of USSR, Stalin made it his mission to become the next leader, and he did. In 1929, as the NEP system did not work well for the USSR, Stalin tried to introduce us, peasants, to the ‘Collectivisation’ plan. He suggested we’d pool our fields, horses, and tools together on a kolkhoz, a collective farm. Instead of making profit ourselves, we were supposed to sell the grains on a fixed low price to the government and get wages from our work. I had nothing much to lose, but neither did I like this system. Either way, I had no choice but to follow Stalin’s wishes, for my family. Peasants that wen against, who were more well off, Kulaks, were deported and had to fight for their survival. Even with this plan, though, famine came for use and my family almost died to starvation.

Near the start of the ‘Collectivisation‘, Stalin also introduced a five-year plan put great stress on factory workers. Where the output of things like coal, oil, iron, steel, etc was to tripled, things like clothes, furniture, shoes, etc. were to be doubled. Like these were not enough, we were to work ‘uninterrupted‘. Meaning we would work seven days of the week without a day off. A day off without reason which was later changed to being twenty minutes late to work in 1938, was called absenteeism. I missed my family time, which now shorted to nothing. Even during the time Tsar was in rule or any time before Stalin, I would have sufficient family time, I didn’t have to feel so pressured. During the first five-year plan, many traveled to the city just to find work, which included me. Even with this harsh discipline, we all knew we were better than those ‘advanced countries’ with high unemployment percentages.

As I failed to achieve Stalin standards, they immediately sent me to the prison camp, I could only pray they my family would do okay without me. In this prison camp, all the prisoners were basically slaves so it was more so a labor camp than a prison. We were commanded by the Gulag. The Gulag is a secret police that was set up to run these labor camps. We do work that require lots of people, the projects that were too ambitious that there weren’t enough official workers. Us, prisoners, were called zeks and had to work hard just to receive enough food to survive.

Everyone in the camp knew about the Great Purge and the death of Sergei Kirov. We would always hear the cadets stationed here talking loudly about the world outside of here. Such as the fact that on the day of Kirov’s murder, Stalin issued an order that anyone suspected of ‘terrorism’ were to be investigated and executed immediately. How Nikolayev was secretly charged. Or how people claimed that the NKVD, Stalin’s secret police, let Nikolayev kill Kirov. We heard it all. The Great Purge had caused great chaos in the Party, dividing the group, then eventually it turned into the Great Terror.

Opinion – was it worth it?:

Personally, I believe in the end everything Russia went through was worth it until the current time of Alexander’s Journal was not worth it. Rather it was worse than their initial start. Tsar, as bad as he was, he was still better than Stalin. Killing millions, Tsar is nothing compared to Stalin. Tsar and Stalin may have the similarity of the autocracy, but other than that they were two completely different people with different types of influences. Tsar certainly left peasants unsatisfied, but Stalin had completely made their life miserable. Only the few years, under the power of Lenin, would the revolution have been worth it. They basically came back to square one, but into the negatives.

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Our Pale Blue Dot

Between the two videos, The Hubble Deep Field and The Pale Blue Dot, the Pale Blue Dot had more impact on me. This video gave me a more moral and philosophical standpoint of our universe.

“In all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere, to save us from ourselves.” (3:12) “There is perhaps a no better demonstration of the falling of human conceits, than this distant image of our tiny world.” (4:05) “It underscores our responsibility… and to preserve and cherish the Pale Blue Dot. The only home we’ve ever known.” (4:15) Until before this point, I believed that this video only showed how we “played” on our Earth, but those sentences made me realize. Even in our universe, to us, we are the only known planet that harbors life, we are alone. We have no backup neither have we found land we could harbor on, but this would all be meaningless. As our current life only resides on this Pale Blue Dot of ours, we need to learn how to preserve it. When we would eventually move on or migrate to another land it should not be because we have to leave our planet, but because we want to expand our horizon. From that image above you can see how our pride of this land falls along with how tiny, how we are just a speck, in this universe filled with galaxies. In conclusion, that is why the Pale Blue Dot video was more influential than the Hubble Deep Field video.

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Loss Before Happiness

Throughout the book, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, there is a reoccurring theme. This theme was also directly stated in the book. The theme of this book is that “You know you can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes, right?” (Oliver, 23)

That theme was said by the protagonist’s best friend, Hana. She was the one to arise that idea you can’t truly be happy until you sacrifice some happiness. In the story, people gave up their love and freedom for their happiness. “A limited choice. We get to choose from the people who have been chosen for us.” (27) This line from the protagonist directly tells that they could only choose from what was chosen. The first, their loss of freedom. In a more physical stance, “like all the stress and anxiety and irritation and fear get transformed into little needling points of physical pain, and you can’t breathe or imagine going farther or think anything… And then, just as suddenly, it’s gone.” (54) This piece from the text shows that even in a physical stance the theme can be brought in the same way. Where pain leads to relief.

“despite everything, and just in that one picture, I look pretty.” (95) The protagonist, Lena, has gone through a very difficult past, with her both her parent’s dead. To acknowledge one self’s beauty was difficult for her with her past traumatized by her mother, but finally change had brought a new view to Lena. Another example of Lena beginning to love herself after going through so much pain, “crying into a piece of paper towel… she kicked the door right open with a foot and stood there staring. Is it because of your mom? she said,” (156) These were the first words said by her best friend, Hana, during 2nd grade. This changed Lena for the better, with no friends, Hana’s approach allowed her to look at the world in a more “positive” outlook.

The procedure to cure a person has two requirements. You give up your freedom and love and receive happiness. “the part where Hana and I aren’t friends anymore…once the past and all our shared history has loosened its grip on us, once we don’t feel our memories so much – we won’t have anything in common.” (186) This is the second given example of how people must give up the two forms that cause happiness, freedom and love, for governmental-supervision happiness. It is required, and it was how society viewed the world now.

Now in a more cynical point of view, love has its ways. Amor Deliria Nervosa is a disease that brings true happiness and freedom. People that are potentially “infected” gave up their governmental protection for something they truly believed in. “It will m