By our very nature, human beings have an inborn need to explore the unknown. We travel to lesser-known territories, in the hope of experiencing something rare, something that will take our breath away. I am one of those millions of people who love travelling and exploring. The more of our Earth I see, the more I feel like exploring further. And, needless to say, the more I feel like experiencing the marvels of the Universe. At this, I am reminded of a line I read in a book somewhere, ‘Travelling to space is not exactly a stroll in the park, but it is no longer a journey confined to the imagination, either.’
Well, yes Space Travel has been made possible, yet it remains largely out of reach. Not all of us have $20 million to spend, do we? But we do have imagination and as I always say, you can travel to the farthest of corners of the Universe, and back in your imagination – all you need to do is Dream!
So, if you had to visit Space, where would you go? Where will you let your imagination take you? CI explores –
1. The Restaurant at the end of the Universe – Heard of the theory that says the Universe is constantly expanding? Edwin Hubble, in 1929, discovered this and from thereon, the theory changed the look of many unknown questions by providing an answer to them. Keeping Science apart, with this theory in mind, imagine there was a restaurant at the end of the universe. Since the universe is expanding, so this restaurant would keep going further away. The only two ways you can reach this restaurant are either by time travel or by being very patient. Its major attraction is that you can see the entire universe from its window, while you munch on your food. And if you want to visit the restaurant again, you’d have to travel further away since the universe is expanding!
2. Saturn Rings – If you ever go to space, this is one place you should never miss. Known as ‘Jewel of the Solar System’, the Saturn ring system looks like a crown on the Universe. These rings, made up of dust, rock and ice accumulated from passing comets and meteorite impacts on Saturn’s moons. What is fascinating in this destination is that you’ll get to see materials of all sizes – ranging from a grain of sand to a high-rise building. Each ring orbits at a different speed around the planet, so you can enjoy riding on each one at different speeds. Most planets in the solar system have rings, but it is only Saturn whose rings stand out because of their vibrancy and size.
3, Parallel Universe – If you thought we were lucky enough to be the only living race in the whole wide universe, think again. We are not alone. Recent studies in quantum physics and cosmology suggest that there is perhaps another universe in existence – Parallel Universe. Being a hot topic, the existence of a Parallel Universe has always been in discussion among scientists and physicists alike. If you visit space, you can explore your way through our Universe and perhaps, hitchhike to the Parallel Universe. Physicists say that we constantly interact with this ‘hidden’ universe. The fascinating idea that a person can exist, at any given time, in more than one place comes true with Parallel Universe. Clearly, visiting this universe would be more intriguing. Think about this: if you are successful in reaching parallel Universe, you might actually get to click a picture with yourself.
4. Zero-gravity water room – The existence of zero-gravity in space is essentially a fictitious concept. Although varied, there is gravity all over space. In some places, it is negligible which is why we feel like zero gravity. What if there were water parks built in such areas? Playing with water in negligible gravity can be fun, since water will in form of bubbles which you can play with and move them around just by blowing them. Or you can add colours to these bubbles; and even blow air into them with a straw and make a water balloon. What’s more, you can set these bubbles spinning, thus forming a ‘rope’ of water. It will be amusing how water parks work in such conditions; perhaps, you could ride a huge bubble of water too! One of the most populated rides in such a water park could be ‘water room’ where people can wear bathing suits and throw large blobs of water at each other.
5. Black Holes – Have you ever wondered about how our universe came into existence? Scientists have been investigating this for ages now and a few have come up with the theory of black holes, which possibly might answer a lot of life’s critical questions. Again a favourite topic among scientists and space lovers, black holes are a puzzling phenomena or just mysterious objects, so strange that one might feel they are straight out of a fiction book. Black holes are dense objects which have such an immense gravitational pull that even light cannot escape them. If you happen to fall into a black hole, you are lost forever. Scientists even say that a black hole cannot be seen by humans. But, if you visit space and are careful enough, just the idea of being near a black hole is enough to shape an unforgettable experience.
6. Meteorites between mars and Jupiter – Meteorites are large and durable rocky objects that survive heating in the atmosphere and land on Earth, where they create huge craters on the spot they land. Numerous meteorites are located roughly between the orbits of planets Mars and Jupiter; it is more like a belt of rocks. Some suggest that this is perhaps a planet that didn’t form, probably because of the immense gravitational pull from Jupiter. Most of the meteorites that fall on Earth come from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This asteroid belt can be an exciting destination if you want to study the different particles that constitute space. And for others, well you never know, it may just turn out to be a scenic view.
7. Land on the moon – Tell me after hearing the stories of astronauts walking on the moon, how many of us have dreamt of landing there ourselves? Many, I guess. Well this is your chance then! When you visit space, your first destination could be our very own moon and the first sight that most of us would be restless to see would be the Earth. Many theories suggest that the Great Wall of China can actually be seen from the moon; however, this is not true. At lower orbit, perhaps yes you can see a line of specks of the wonder but otherwise, there are a lot other things on Earth that are actually visible from moon. The only way to find out what is to go there and actually see it.
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