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Space Is the Final Frontier: Explorers Be Prepared for Drastic Changes

Updated on July 18, 2018
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Gerry Glenn Jones is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. This article is about a real event in his life as a police officer in Mississippi.

Do we Take our Existence Here on Terra Firma for Granted

Do we take our existence here on Terra Firma for granted; do we ever think about needing special apparatuses to breathe, or worry if we are not careful we will float out into space? What about breakfast, lunch, and dinner; we may not have what we want for each meal, but as a whole, we know that food is available and that sometimes we might have to search for it in a supermarket; what an inconvenience!

However, if we colonize space, we will have to look much further than our local grocery store to find sustainable food. We also have many other details to work out before we can, actually live and work in space. A failure to address many of those details could be deadly. we'll take a look at some in this article.




A view of most of North America taken from a low orbit of about 826 km altitude.
A view of most of North America taken from a low orbit of about 826 km altitude. | Source

Space is the Final Frontier

Space is the last frontier, but we will never be able to seek out ever wonder that lies there as we have on many parts of the Earth; it is too massive. An example of the magnitude of space is shown in the photo image above, which was captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It allowed us to view one of the most herculean stars yet seen in our Milky Way galaxy. This star is 100,000 times as bright as the Sun. This gives us an idea of how different the atmosphere would be on any planets in its system, compared to Earth, and what we would have to do to live in its solar system.

The constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21, which is giving birth to some of the most massive stars in our galaxy.
The constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21, which is giving birth to some of the most massive stars in our galaxy. | Source

How Living in Space Will Affect our Bodies

Let's take a look at how much difference living in space as compared to Earth would be. We would have to deal with zero gravity, which can affect our muscle mass, our circulatory system, and our bone structure, not to mention many other variables in our existence. All these must be considered and provided for in space. There is no easy solution to the changes, and preparation is essential for our survival there. However, some preparations have begun.


 NASA Space suits on display at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.
NASA Space suits on display at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. | Source

The International Space Station

One of the most important creations for space exploration began when the first component of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched into orbit in 1998. This project was funded by America and built by Russia. Since then the station has been modified with additional modules and equipment as needed. They have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles. The ISS is expected to operate until 2028.

The International Space Station as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Discovery during 2009.
The International Space Station as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Discovery during 2009. | Source

Water, Oxygen and Food on the ISS

Air and water are two of the essentials on the ISS, which has tanks of water flown up regularly. The station also uses a complex water system to purify wastewater into drinkable water. This process allows shower water, sweat, and urine to be recycled. The station also keeps about 530 gallons of water in reserve for emergencies.

Breathable oxygen is generated by electrolysis of water, and by oxygen storage tanks sent there by unmanned cargo ships. The astronauts can also make oxygen chemically through the ignition of Solid Fuel Oxygen Generation (SFOG) canisters, which contain lithium perchlorate.

Specially packaged concentrates of food are delivered mainly by unmanned rockets.

Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt (right) and Koichi Wakata, holding drink bags with special commemorative labels in the Destiny laboratory.
Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka (center) and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt (right) and Koichi Wakata, holding drink bags with special commemorative labels in the Destiny laboratory. | Source

The Mars Ice House

As science and space flight work in sync to pave the way for human habitation on other planets and moons, the discovery of what is believed to be large amounts of water in the frozen state on Mars opens a foundation for being able to sustain life there. Remember water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen and can be separated by electrolysis, which will supply breathable oxygen. Also, a theory of building houses from the ice of mars is being studied by NASA and other organizations. The artist's creation above is one concept being considered.


An artist's rendering of the Mars Ice Home concept.
An artist's rendering of the Mars Ice Home concept. | Source

A Video Tour Of the International Space Station

In this article, we have only touched on a few of the vital elements to sustain life in space and on other worlds, but there are many more. To achieve our goals there, we must continue to open new avenues in science, but we have dealt with adversities since the birth of Adam and Eve and we will continue to do so as long as God is willing.

For a video tour of the ISS, click on the video link below. Also, watch for additional articles on life in space in this digital publication.

Video Tour the International Space Station

References

  • Nasa - www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
  • Library of Congress - www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA04968
  • Space Science - www.space.com/science-astronomy

© 2018 Gerry Glenn Jones

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    • Gerry Glenn Jones profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      4 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      Dianna, we have made so many advances since I was born in 1954, and it seems like the horizon draws nearer more quickly that it has in the past. The 20th century was a time for major advances, including the automobile, the airplane, space flight and so much more. I don't know if we will be around when it comes to the colonization of other worlds, but it certainly seems to be coming if our Lord will allow it. Thanks so much for reading my Hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 months ago

      I am fascinated by space and how we are making advancements on exploring other territory. I am not sure if we will ever see the time when we are able to live on another planet but what you have posted here surely seems to lead there.

    • Gerry Glenn Jones profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      5 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      I'm glad you enjoyed my article, Kelly. I definitely am not an expert, but I love to read the real experts' articles and watch educational programs on TV related to space.

    • Gerry Glenn Jones profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      5 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      Yes, Peggy, there are still many things we don't know enough about on the earth; especially in the deep oceans. I would hope that if aliens do visit us we would treat them well. After all, if they were able to come here, they would be much more advanced than us and possibly have the ability to destroy all of us.

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      Kelley Marks 

      5 months ago from California

      Thanks for the article! I like to read about space travel and exploration written by somebody who obviously loves space, astronomy, planetary science, etc. I'll bet you're an expert on Mars too, aren't you? Later!...

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It is exciting to find out what lies beyond our own planet. Man is curious by nature. There are still many things on earth that have not yet been explored. We have barely begun to explore our oceans as an example. Hopefully if someday we meet aliens from other galaxies we will treat them better than we treat people on our own planet.

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      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      5 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      Yes, there has Pamela, but I think we need to take the first step!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think the future in space exploration will teach us many new things. I thoroughly enjoyed this article as you explained many details very well.

      I think it is interesting that President Trump wants to create a Space Force similar to the US Air Force. Of course, there has been a lot of bad press about this announcement, but the future should be interesting.

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