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Man has explored every part of Earth except space. Do you agree ?
 
Man is one among many types of life forms living on this planet. Since the first man arrived on this sphere, he has adapted and used his intelligence to prosper and increase in numbers. Today, he is the dominant species on Earth. One trait that distinguishes Man from animals is his curiosity. In this essay, we are concerned about his interest in new places, fueled by his exploratory urge.

To a certain extent, the Earth has been explored thoroughly. Mountains, oceans, deserts, rivers, forests - these are habitats Man has launched expeditions to satisfy his curiosity about and to achieve certain aims.

Mount Everest was scaled to satisfy Man's ego to reach the highest mountain just as attempting to cross the Sahara desert or the North Pole was a landmark to Man's resourcefulness, determination and bravery. Natural scientists explored the Amazon forests or Galapagos islands. Colonial powers like Portugal, England and Spain went to India, America or China to trade, see glory, proselytise their religions or simply to conquer new lands. In this way, colonies were created and empires like the British or French ones were established. Whole countries like the United States were formed by Man's need for dominion (the Whites subjugated the Red Indians) and the need for new lands for settlers.

Man has so thoroughly explored and mapped this planet that it seems he has practically covered every inch of this place. But this is not so. There is that part of a forest, ocean, river or desert ever waiting to be explored. However, we can safely say that almost every inhabitable part of Earth is now his. This is understandable when we consider his need for arable land to feed an ever increasing population.

So where does he go from here? The answer is the expanse above his head, the skies above or what is called space. Of course, there are those who say that he can explore what lies beneath the Earth, but the exploratory expeditions and studies made have convinced many that the land below is mostly inhospitable, made of hot rocks, soil, gases and lava. The space above seems to beckon more invitingly and has a more glamorous allure.

Space has always challenged Man's curiosity. It is not only the discovery of the planets in orbit but unknown worlds also beckon. Are there other planets out there? Is there life in space? Can Man solve the problems of his increasing population by investigating possible inhabitable colonies? Also, scientific investigations like those into gravity or the study of organisms are also possible in space.

The Cold War between America and Russia in the 1960s was not only a race for military supremacy. There was national pride involved as each nation tried to be the first to land a man on the Moon. Apollo's mission by landing the first man on the Moon in 1969 climaxed the struggle and was sweet victory for the Americans. The easing of the Cold War with financial constraints have led to drop in space travel for strategic and scientific purposes.

Yet, space holds much promise for Man. Planetary probes and cameras recently have found that the planet, Mars, contains evidence of water, raising the hopes of existence of life there. Space stations where Man can live and work while orbiting for long periods like what the Russians did, raises the possibility of Man living in space. The need becomes more urgent as increasingly, more areas of Earth become uninhabitable because of pollution and desertification.

In space, telecommunications satellites generate business benefits and military and weather satellites are of great importance to nations. Space laboratories may yield important scientific benefits. And there is the ultimate dream of many scientists: Can they find aliens in space?

Space beckons and the possibilities are endless. Man has almost literally explored his planet and space is the only option left to explore. It is also the most exciting!

     
proselytise   preach
     
subjugated   conquered
     
beckon   signal
 
 

 

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