By Sky trackers and Astronomy researchers club, Bhopal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My Fantasy and Reality of Space Exploration

I have always had an interest close to my heart for astronomy and space exploration.

As long as I can remember, I would imagine exploring the vast universe.

As a kid, my milk and cookies was star gazing. In my early teens, I made my own star charts. Boy, do I miss that notebook.

In first grade, our class had to write a short story. Most little girls write about princesses, mermaids and whatnot. I wrote about an alien abduction and zipping through space.  I had detailed illustrations of the aliens, spacecrafts, and objects in space. I wish I still had this little booklet to share with you all, but unfortunately I do not.

My fantasy as a kid was an idea of space exploration…an idea that insinuated that space exploration would be fast tracked as I grew older.  Our technology has improved drastically, but I thought we would be a little farther than we really are today in terms of our limitations here on this planet.

Through the years, my observance and studies have amplified from fantasy to reality.

While I expected humans to be on Mars by now, today’s reality with our rovers and other cute space bots perplex us with some of the most gorgeous photos of local and far away planets as well as the distant galaxies.

I cannot get enough of the rovers we have landed on Mars, especially the Curiosity Rover! I love that little -ahem- big guy!!

It is so awesome that our world has this capability – I hope to see a thriving community on Mars before I die…just maybe!

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