1. What is space?
Most people believe that space is just an emptiness in which things happen, like a big empty theatre stage on which the events of the universe play out. Space is actually the lack of stuff, an empty void waiting to be filled.
2. What is our role in space?
Today, the space industry is one of the fasting growing sectors in the UK economy, with a turnover of almost £12 billion a year. During the Cold War, space exploration was considered a military necessity. However, space nowadays is recognised for economic and scientific values. British space engineers have also been working on designing and testing out new rovers for Mars, for example, the ExoMars rover.
3. How important will space be in the future?
You may not realise it, but space is going to be really important in the future, especially now we have the time to start making more progress in space exploration and astronomy altogether. In around 4 billion years, the two large galaxies, Andromeda and the Milky Way, are going to collide with each other and form a new kind of galaxy, nicknamed the Milkdromeda. Andromeda is approaching the Milky Way at about 110 kilometres per second. Not to mention, in 3 billion years, so before the collision, the mass of the Sun is going to increase and likely swallow up planet Earth. This is why getting prepared for these kinds of events is really important for the future of Earth and Life itself.
4. What are the requirements to become an astronaut?
Interested in becoming an astronaut in the future? There are a few main points which you will need to achieve in order to become one. NASA requires astronaut candidates to have a university bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. You must also have great eyesight. However, if you do wear glasses, all hope is not lost! You can still get a surgery which can correct your eyesight to 20/20 vision, and then you’re good to go. There are even more requirements, but that’s for another article!
5. How can I find out more?
If you’re interested in more of the events of space in the past, present, or future, you can become a member of WOLAS (West of London Astronomical Society) and go to meetings where experts lecture about space, something they are passionate about. The membership costs range from £5 to £18 a year maximum, depending on your age. WOLAS not only has meetings but organise interesting exhibitions and public observing sessions. To find out more, go to their page: http://www.wolas.org.uk.