Life Unknown

Nicholas - Hudson, North Carolina
Entered on October 15, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: science

As a kid, I had a window, and through this window came all my thoughts and inspirations. This window was once called my grandfather. He was a rocket scientist, and worked with a company called Martin Marietta, that was in co-op with NASA, and as a rocket scientist, it was his job to make sure these machines got into space; and into space these aerodynamic marvels went. During one night, many years ago, while looking up into the stars, something came to me that I had never thought of before. What if life existed outside of this solar system, and if there was life, could we communicate with each other? It is to this question that my belief was formed, and my belief is yes, life can and possible does exist outside of this solar system.

For over fourteen years, looking up into the stars has always filled me with awe and wonder. It is very interesting, just to think of how immense space is. As stated by many scientists, in theory space could go on forever. I’ve always wondered that if space goes on infinitely, does that mean that there are an infinite number of possibilities that life could thrive out there. In truth, I have absolutely no idea, but a short while ago, I learned that scientists found possible evidence that micro organisms could have once thrived on Mars. With this bit of evidence, it made my mind race for even more answers; what would these bio-terrestrial beings, beyond our solar system look like? Could they be humanoid like us, with two arms and two legs, or could they be stranger than anything our minds can comprehend? They could also even be small single celled organisms, evolutionally build for a single purpose.

To the human knowledge, there are an unknown number of universes, and in each universe, there can be up to an incalculable number of galaxies. We know so far that to calculate the number of inhabitable planets in our universe is impossible. My grandpa was the one to tell me that from the Spiral galaxy, to the Andromeda galaxy, anything could exist. For me, this is one of the greatest mysteries; for to fathom the immenseness of space is like being an ant, and trying to get a grasp of the immenseness of earth. Even though you know it is impossible, you can see that life has to exist in other places. It is this I believe; that extra terrestrial life can and possible does exist somewhere out there.