December 2014 archive

Why we explore Space?

The main idea of this article is that we as humans feel the need to explore space and that NASA thinks that in the future we should explore even more. By doing this we will find more ways in which we can go to Mars. They are using the ISS as a place where we can test and learn things that the astronauts will have to know to complete the journey to Mars. The reason why they have chosen Mars as the place to explore and maybe even eventually live on is because for one it is the closest planet to earth but also we want to learn more about earths history and where we came from. Also NASA wants to answer questions like ‘Where did our earth come from?’ or ‘Is there life somewhere other than earth?’ They are doing more and more research to find if life on Mars would be possible. They are doing this by trying to gather information from asteroids as these are what is believed to have formed the earth. Also by going to Mars they would get even more information which would help us find more information to how live on earth (and water) started.

Gathering this information (or reconnaissance) would be very useful as we could answer the questions I mentioned above and if we actually were to go to Mars this would influence us socially as it would be a completely different experience for us to live on Mars. Also we would have to change our lifestyle a lot if we would move to Mars. Additionally it would show a lot of development if we were to go to live on a different planet.

This source may not be ethical though as it was written by NASA which are most likely only going to tell you the positive sides of space explorations and not really mention the bad things.


Reconnaissance- researching or finding more information

translunar- the path of a spacecraft traveling between the earth and the moon.

unprecedented- never heard of
Wiles, Jennifer, and Brian Dunbar. “Beyond Earth Expanding Human Presence Into the Solar System.” Beyond Earth Expanding Human Presence Into the Solar System. NASA, 30 Sept. 2013. Web. 8 Dec. 2014.
“Why Should We Go to Mars? – Mission to Mars – Mars One.” Mars One. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2014.


Writing our own Song


Working as part of a group was a good experience as we could then share our ideas and work on improving it together. Also if we weren’t sure how to do something we could just ask each other. Additionally we used both of our ideas to create one individual thing which was loads of fun.

One of the problems that we had was that neither of us were very good at playing any instruments. We solved this by using garage band. Another one of our problems was that we didn’t know how to write a melody. We solved this by asking our classmates and teacher for help.

In the end I was over all happy with the song that we wrote as I wasn’t expecting us to be able to actually write a song that sounded somewhat decent. I was not so happy that it took us so long to actually make the song. Also sometimes I don’t think that our beats matched the melody so that is something we could improve on next time. Additionally we could have worked a bit more on our transitions.

In this unit I learnt how to write a own song and how to use garage band in more detail. Overall I really enjoyed this as it was fun to work with a partner and write something that we invented all by our selfs.