Thursday, May 26, 2016

Week 9

Space + Art

Copernican Universe
What is space? Space is an unknown world beyond earth’s atmosphere that is a boundless three-dimensional empty area. This is an absolute area that contains our world and solar system. Astronomers have been studying space, the stars, sun and planets since the beginning of time and have began to discover information about what the actually meaning of life is. The discovery of our solar system formed from many Philosophers who came up with the understanding of physics and science that the earth moves around the sun and so do the planets. Nicolas Copernicus, a famous astronomer, who studied law, mathematics and medicine, created a heliocentric model of the solar system that started this understanding of the earth. This was the idea of having the sun in the middle of the solar system in mathematical detail. Further research and the invention of the telescope created philosophers to studied the planets in further detail and finally learn more about earth.

Neil Armstrong

 From last week we can also discuss how nanotechnology plays a role in space exploration due to meteorites holding helium and molecules being detected on earth. We use these ideas of science fiction and connect those with scientists to really explain this mystery of space and to continue the discover of how earth was created and how we are continuing to survive. Due to more technological advancements, scientists could be able to fulfill the dream of having humans see the universe in real life and actually experience being in outer space. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space and Neil Armstrong the first american who got to experience the american dream by landing and stepping on the moon. History was made once scientist could begin studying pieces of the moon and moving closer to discovering more information about our planets and planet/space compositions.

Sputnik (1957)

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union began a massive retaliation which resulted into the creation of the Sputnik. The Soviet Union launched the first satellite the Sputnik in 1957. It was a tiny small sphere that could reflect light and could be seen and heard by operators around the world. This satellites purpose was to orbit around the earth but had meaningless information however it did have a huge impact on citizens around the world. Russian engineers created this satellite which created an enormous change in the educational system and impacted the united states in a scare. As a result, we can thank the Sputnik because it provoked the government into giving more funding to educational systems and created more classes involving mathematics and science. Furthermore, space travel and shuttles have had huge improvements and have started a national phoneme of everyone wanting the experience and being apart of the space life and NASA due to the mass media...

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5. Vesna, Victoria. “Space + Art.” Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 2016.



  1. Hello,
    I really liked how you started your blog off with a description of what space really is. That grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. I also liked how you included nanotechnology from last week into this weeks blog. I think it went well and related to the topics you were discussing. Overall I really enjoyed reading your blog! Good Job!


  2. Hi Karly,

    I agree with Kathryn in that your introduction to space and its history is well-written. I also like how you integrated nanotechnology into the conversation. Although I would have liked to see more of your perspective and analysis, such as why the relationship exists or is impactful, I think you did a great job putting the history of space into context.

  3. Hi Karly!

    I really enjoyed how you discussed the basics within your blog, it was really informative. I also liked how to talked about the Cold War because I love reading and learning about history and this period of time with the Soviet Union was a huge part of our history and it is amazing how this race to space lead to great technological advances in such a short period of time. It was the race to space that lead to many great advances, and allowed us to find out more about the complexity of space.

  4. Hi Karly, I really liked how you discussed how nanotechnology plays a role in exploring outer space. It is a very interesting concept of using another topic from class into this topic, that was very cool.