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Watch the video about 'Colonizing Mars' in the centre column.
What do you think?
Will you like to travel to Mars?
Yes, I'd love to travel to Mars and live there: 1 votes (5.56%)
No, I don't think I'd like the climate there: 6 votes (33.33%)
I will go if I can return whenever I want to: 11 votes (61.11%)
Total Votes: 18
Travel in the universe
You may think that a lot of things are fast, like speeding bullets and Superman and the passage of time when you are having fun. But all of these things are nothing compared to the speed of light, which is the fastest that something can travel through the Universe.
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Read from the University of California - San Diego about your trip options and explore the universe's milestones.
The speed of light is really fast, and at this speed some bizarre things start to happen. What really happens?
Videos in the Senior Library
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy [videorecording] by Douglas Adams
Call Number: Library - F HIT
Arthur Dent is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that otherworldly forces can make room for construction of a hyperspace bypass.
Watch some interesting videos on space travel
Star wars, episode III. Revenge of the sith [videorecording] by George Lucas, Rick McCallum
Call Number: Library - F STA
Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive powers of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker ultimately turns his back on the Jedi. This begins his complete journey to the dark side and his transformation into Darth Vader
Journey to the center of the earth [videorecording] by Huggins, Charlotte
Call Number: Library - F JOU
Determined to find the centre of the earth, Trevor Anderson, his nephew and their tour guide make a breakthrough discovery that launches them on a thrilling adventure into the unknown. On a scramble to find their way back, the group travels through a never-before-seen world, encountering creatures and objects never imagined.
Based on the book by Jules Verne
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."
Five months after the Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced it would begin accepting applications for a one-way trip to the red planet, 202,586 people from more than 140 countries have submitted videos explaining why they should be chosen for the mission. Only a few dozen will be chosen for the 2023 mission to colonize the red planet.
Read story from the links below
Global Exploration Roadmap - NASA
"The search for life is a central goal of space exploration. Pursuing this goal continues the cultural quest of humankind to determine whether we are alone in the universe, and answers deeply rooted questions about our origin and evolution." - International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG)
The "Global Exploration Roadmap" is an update to a plan first put forward in 2011 that unites the interests of the space agencies of Italy, France, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Russia, the United Kingdom, as well as the European Space Agency and NASA.
Humanity's interest in the heavens has been universal and enduring. Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries.
By visiting these near Earth objects to study the material that came from the solar nebula, we can look for answers to some of humankind's most compelling questions, such as: how did the solar system form and where did the Earth's water and other organic materials such as carbon come from?
Mars has always been a source of inspiration for explorers and scientists. Robotic missions have found evidence of water, but if life exists beyond Earth still remains a mystery. Robotic and scientific robotic missions have shown that Mars has characteristics and a history similar to Earth's,
Ambition, curiosity, and a reason the NASA Administrator admits has nothing to do with economic benefit. First, most of us want to be, both as individuals and as societies, the first or the best in some activity. We want to stand out.
Near-lightspeed space travel: Not as cool-looking as you think
(Credit: University of Leicester)
'If you never have the opportunity to travel at near-lightspeed in space, you won't be missing much. It actually looks a bit boring' says Amanda Kooser of CNet.
Despite our desire to explore the stars, we are limited by travelling at less than light speed - and even if we managed to match that pace, we would still be listing our voyages from star to star in years, centuries or millenia.
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Why spend money on space exploration?
The quest to understand our place in the cosmos has long mesmerized humanity. Dreams of space travel captivated our collective imagination long before the Space Race materialized as a reality.
Read from this letter by Isaac Asimov explaining why we need to explore space.
Read about 'Space Travel' some of the books in the Senior Library
The Milky Way and other galaxies by Gregory Vogt
Call Number: Library - non-fiction 523.1
Discuss the different types of space exploration such as rockets, telescopes and space stations.
Can we travel to the stars? by Andrew Solway
Call Number: Library - non-fiction 629.4
This title explains the workings of our solar system and how we learn about and explore space
Space Exploration by Carol Stott, Steve Gorton
Call Number: Library - non-fiction 629.4
Dreams of space -- What is space? -- Space nations
What Does Space Exploration Do for Us? by Neil Morris
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 629.41
This book examines the benefits space exploration has brought to people and society - from medical advances and new consumer products to greater understanding of our planet and its resources - and asks, "Is the cost worth it?".
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 571.0919
The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule, Mary Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth. Book jacket.
Space Missions by Helen Whittaker
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 629.4
Presents information about the history of outer space exploration missions, as well as speculation about possible future missions.
How Do Scientists Explore Space? by Robert Snedden
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 523.1
This book explores the methods scientists use to explore space, including telescopes, space stations, and probes.
Fiction books in the Senior Library
Some of our fiction books about the unknown...
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne; Robin H. Waterfield (Abridged by)
Call Number: Library - F VER
A mission to rid the seas of a monster becomes a nightmare for Professor Aronnax, Conseil and harpooner Ned Land when they become prisoners of the 'monster' itself – a spectacular submarine ship commanded by Captain Nemo. But the marvels of their underwater journey soon distract them from their worries – the Professor, at least, wouldn't have missed this voyage for the world!
Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Call Number: Library - Fiction F ADA
If you've done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There's just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?
The hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams
Call Number: Library - Fiction F ADA
The book follows Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect as they narrowly escape the destruction of the Earth by bureaucratic aliens and their subsequent adventures trekking across the universe. Throughout the book we see how life in the universe is not that different from our life on Earth (before it was destroyed), just weirder
What does it sound like on Jupiter?
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Take me to Alpha Centauri one day by New Scientist - 24 August 13
An interstellar trip wont happen anytime soon, but the technology is is inspiring is useful on Earth
Private Space Race comes of age - 21 Sept 2013
The skies are getting busy as another commercial craft heads for the international space station