Where in Our Solar System Should NASA Focus Future Missions?

NASA should focus their future missions on further exploration of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. For the past few years, scientists found evidence that the moon of Saturn and Jupiter has conditions that sustain life and familiar features. 

According to the Article “Search for life beyond Earth might only need go as far as Saturn’s ring”, it says, “NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off Enceladus…they think these molecules could be coming from chemical reactions deep in the ocean…that is, microscopic living creatures.” 

Also, in “Scientists revisit data that points to water plumes on a moon of Jupiter”, the author quotes, “Scientists suspect that warm, liquid water lives under Europa’s thick ice shell.” and “Many questions remain about what is contained in the plumes, and whether that includes some form of life.”

This shows the similar living conditions as Earth has been discovered, which means that humans might also be able to adapt easily to this new environment. Because we are running out of resources and places for everybody to live on Earth, starting to research about other planets around is very urgent. Today, many scientists are gathering data like the plumes found on the moon of Jupiter, and microscopic creatures to make a rough guess of the conditions of the moons. However, there isn’t yet clear and various evidence to support their predictions. Therefore, until we ensure that these moons are safe and reliable, NASA should keep discovering the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

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Who Are You?

The book I chose for my multimedia blog post is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, to show my concept which is the theme of identity, and how it affects the protagonist by making a book trailer. I chose this concept because this occurs frequently throughout the book. The protagonist is Ari, who is a dynamic character that starts out being a boy that is always isolated from everyone else but soon realizes his true self and how much he is loved by others. Through the course of the story, the fact that everyone has their own identity and learning it can change one’s lives completely made Ari make an ‘aha!’ realization. This lead him to his main life lesson. In the book trailer, I used a red font color, depressing music and pictures of lonely boys to show when he lost his identity. In contrary, I included calming music, friendship pictures, and warmth of colors towards the end to show his approach and how he is influenced by the theme.  By using these elements, I believe I have clearly shown my theme and Ari’s change of personality and perspective. The theme of finding your own identity is the major problem that catalyzes the book to drive forward.

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Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915. An Autobiography. The Story of My Life and Work, docsouth.unc.edu/neh/douglass55/douglass55.html.

“Childhood Friendships May Have Some Health Benefits in Adulthood.” Association for Psychological Science, www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/childhood-friendships-may-have-some-health-benefits-in-adulthood.html.

Knecht, Lyndsay, and Stephen Becker. “Three Mistakes Lonely People Make.” KERA News, www.keranews.org/post/three-mistakes-lonely-people-make.

Motortion. “Miserable Teenager Alone behind Barb Wire, Lonely Foster Child Looking in Camera.” Depositphotos, Depositphotos, depositphotos.com/107804118/stock-video-miserable-teenager-alone-behind-barb.html.

Phillips, Jeanne. “Dear Abby: Lonely Man Should Reach out to Others.” SFGate, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Dec. 2016, www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Dear-Abby-Lonely-man-should-reach-out-to-others-10786742.php.

“Teen-Boy-Alone | FCSN.” FCSN, fcsn.org/rtsc/consider-this-newsletter/2015-archived-issues/january-2015/teen-boy-alone-high-school-hallway-lockers-girls-legs-tight-blue-jeans-hips-walk-past-him-studying-american-glsen-gay-lesbian-straight-education-network-photo/.

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Border Between Us

During our humanities class, we were assigned to write a narrative poem based on an SDG goal that we cared the most about. I chose Life UnderSea and wrote about what kind of impacts plastic brings to the animals underwater nowadays. My narrative poem, called “Border Between Us” is written from a perspective of a sea turtle who suffers from mistaking plastic as its food, and the temperature rise of the water from the chemical released from the plastic.

Border Between Us

They told me to never cross the border.

I am a sea turtle.

I am a free, vigorous and blissful sea turtle.

I swim in the heart of the ocean,

Like I am on top of the world’s motion.

Every day seems like a paradise and I,

Would expect nothing to be better than my life.

One day things were unusual and strange,

The water felt more threatening than ever,

Smelling toxic and covered with oil,

With a reflected rainbow sheen that no longer held beauty.

A transparent object that was never there,

Shined gloriously on the slippery surface,

Like gleaming diamonds, enchanted me.

I gave a big gulp like a cheetah going for its prey.

Then I realized something was wrong,

Ripples of pain seized every part of me,

My heart pounded and pounded,

Until I heard the ringing bell of death.


I am a sea turtle.

I am a lifeless, miserable, and desperate sea turtle. 

Cylinder-like matter cemented in my nose,

Jellyfish bags slowly inflated my stomach.

I cry and yelp on the top of my lungs,

But no one is there to send me help.

One by one my fellows disappear,

Like refugees seeking for a better life,

Crying under the chemical water, 

No longer able to hold the pain of the boiling water.

Everyday seems like an abyss and I,

Now realize that the paradise was actually hell.

Human, you say we should coexist but

Remember, this happened from one unwise act.

Seeking personal benefits,

You have created a disastrous world,

With the foolish invention that destroys our home,

With what you call “PLASTIC”.

Human, you say we should coexist and yes,

It’s never too late for a change.

When you see a reusable container,

Using them again is a saner.

Be mindful of what you throw away, 

Most will be here to stay.

Less chemicals in the sea,

Would be healthier for you and me.

So please, 

Leave us alone in our world of paradise.

Do not cross our border,

And we will never cross yours. 

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Dynamic Leader_Wisdom of Old Folks

Can weak and feeble always be described as worthless, and strong as a useful individual? Or should they all be considered important and worthy? In “The Aged Mother” by Matsuo Basho, the despotic leader of Shining is a dynamic character who initially believed that anything failing health and strength like old people should put to death, but later on, learns to give importance to the aged folk.

At the beginning of the story, we see the leader of Shining, as a cruel, dictatorial person. He wanted every old person to be abandoned. The author mentions, “The entire province was given strict orders to immediately put to death all aged people” (Basho 1). This depicts the leader’s strong request and beliefs that all the old people are useless and weak. Because the leader was a ‘warrior’, he only wanted strong, healthy citizens in his place. He didn’t want old people, not only because they are incapable, but also for they need a lot of economic support and effort. When the leader saw the elders, he probably saw them as a loser, someone who leaves another obstacle for their bright, sturdy future. According to the text, he also “had a great and cowardly shrinking from anything suggestive of failing health and strength” (Basho 1). This shows his myopic attitude and the governor’s self-centeredness. In this quote, we can see that the character is an unkind ruler who issues a cruel proclamation. However, towards the resolution, he changes his point of view towards the old people. The governor changes into an open minded, considerate leader, and starts to  realize the importance of the elders in shaping society. After the truth was told by the poor farmer, the government proclaimed, “Shining needs more than strength of youth” (Basho 2). Originally, the leader thought old people took no contributions in anyways in their society, but later on recognizes that their wisdom and more experienced life is somewhat also beneficial. The astonishing idea of the poor farmer mother’s ideas of burning the twisted straws onto the stone to make a rope of ashes caused him to change his viewpoint. He is, in the end, pleased and reflective as Basho writes, “That very hour the cruel law was abolished and custom drifted into as far a past that only legends remain” (Basho 2).

Usually, in the course of the dynamic character’s change, readers can learn a lesson behind the story. Therefore, considering how the leader changed throughout the book, we can know that the theme is about a mother’s love and giving value to the elders. As we can see from the twigs the mother snapped behind for her son, we can prove that mother’s love is something that no one can explain. Their sacrifice, devotion can be to the extent where it is boundless. From what the leader has learned, we can also reflect ourselves once again that elders should be valued because their varied experiences through their lives teach us wisdom and the rights from wrong.

Furthermore, from what I’ve heard, there has actually been a similar situation that occurred in Korean History. Many Koreans believed there was a time period called the ‘Goryeojang’, an ancient burial practice whereby an elderly are left to die in an open tomb in the mountains, just like what happened in “The Aged Mother”. The whole country had a limited source of food and supplies to provide them to everyone. As a result, few elders were thrown out to a mountain, buried alive. Back at that time, people thought old people have all lived long enough, and also that they were taking up the food sources without bringing any returns. Today, many scholars are still arguing against whether this event was true or not, but this custom serves many students in Korea the lesson to respect and behave well to our parents and aged like the theme shown from the dynamic character in this short story.

In conclusion, the governor is the dynamic character, and the change in the character gave us an idea about the theme of mother’s love and the contribution elders takes in our lives. Every mankind plays an important role in the world, so they should all be worthwhile, and treated equally.

Image Citation: “Short Story: The Aged Mother by Matsuo Basho.” Namaste, www.namaste.in/en/literature/573eb837b2f1dbd356a23364/57eb8f88ebfe246bd8ebd873/detail/short-story-the-aged-mother-by-matsuo-basho.





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