By Hanning J.
Have you heard? A new law is going to be passed soon saying that smoking in cars will be illegal. Children can get asthma, lung cancer or even die when their parents smoke in the car. On the other hand, the government can make money from the cigarettes that people buy, which can be used for making the world a better place. What do you think?
By Rishab B.
For a long time, people have depicted a voyage to Mars in science fiction stories, advertising, products, and much more. But astronomical industries depict a voyage to Mars by actually sending humans to Mars, and this is exactly what SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk plans to do. Elon Musk said Tuesday that a self-sustaining colony of people could be living on Mars within 50 to 150 years. His goal is to decrease the price of sending humans to Mars to 200,000 dollars compared to 10 billion dollars with modern technology. SpaceX’s main focus is to use rockets instead of space shuttles, something which they have already accomplished. They have sent six rockets into orbit and successfully landed them. The latest design is the Raptor rocket engine, much more precise and powerful than the Falcon engine using a different type of fuel. However, sending the rocket to Mars won’t be so easy. It would take 42 engines of the Raptor at once.
Now there are many reasons for Elon Musk’s intentions. One reason is that jobs will be extended to a much greater extent. Once people are on Mars, Musk said they'll be able to grow crops in contained buildings with compressed atmosphere. They'll also have the resources they need to make more rocket fuel - allowing them to send spaceships back to Earth. Musk has already said he wants to make the first unmanned trip to Mars before 2018. Next, he wants to send the first humans to Mars in 2024, with the spacecraft touching down in 2025. He said it'll take about 40 to 100 years to make all the trips required to get a sustainable colony of people up and running. In my perspective, I feel if Musk can create a robust and functional rocket, sending humans to Mars is a revolutionary idea. Overpopulation in regions and countries can create new living areas for the poor. Colonizing Mars would create a whole new world for endless possibilities and new discoveries, as well as a better society and community. What do you think about Elon Musk’s idea: Is it a rational and well-thought plan, or just another scientist getting too confident about himself?