Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What moon was found to have volcanoes?

2. When does Sagan predict that anti-matter will be mass-manufactured?

3. Sagan suggests that ancient people did not think of the moon as which of the following?

4. When was Venus first explored by a space probe?

5. What is the farthest orbital location that humans have ventured to since the last time men went to the moon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Venus similar to Earth?

2. How well can an asteroid's path be calculated?

3. What types of strategies are most practical for stopping an Earth-bound asteroid?

4. What is the purpose of SETI and how does it operate?

5. Why does Sagan believe that America sent men to the moon?

6. What does Sagan say that it is probably the fate of humanity to "live in the dark"?

7. What does Sagan conclude about the morality of terraforming and planetary colonization?

8. How does Sagan believe that humanity will progress in the next hundred or so generations?

9. What does Sagan think were the major upsides of the Apollo missions?

10. What is unusual about the ring systems of the planets in our solar system?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Apollo Missions had an enormous impact on the field of space exploration, on the international status of the United States, and on the public's interest in space and science in general.

1) Describe the Apollo moon landings, their operation, mission, and the scientific information gained from them.

2) Discuss the effect that Sagan says the landings had on the international standing of the United States.

3) Explain how the moon landings impacted the field of space exploration and sparked the public's interest in the field. Cite Sagan's arguments to explain specific ways that this occurred.

Essay Topic 2

Uranus was the first new planet discovered, aside from the five known to ancient cultures.

1) Discus the discovery of Uranus and what made this discovery unusual and unique.

2) Describe the planet Uranus, including a discussion of its unique inclination and theories to explain this feature.

3) Discuss Sagan's impression of the planet and the likelihood that it or its moons could harbor life.

Essay Topic 3

Terraforming is the process of modifying and entire planet to make it more hospitable for human life.

1) Describe the processes of terraforming that Sagan outlines for Mars and the moon Titan.

2) Discuss the moral aspects of the effort of terraforming, and summarize Sagan's views on the issue.

3) Describe, according to information and arguments from the book, some of the benefits that the human species as a whole would reap through the wholesale terraforming of another planet.

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