How to Spend the Money?

Sometimes people say that the United States shouldn’t spend money on space exploration when we have so many problems in our country that the money could be used for. Based on what you’ve learned about solar storms do you think this would be a worthwhile issue to spend money on, knowing that if we spend it on studying solar storms that means we can’t spend it on other things? Why or why not? Answer in at least two complete sentences.

Rain Forest Location

trail winding through sword ferns under trees with draperies of long green epiphytes hanging from branches

Image: National Park Service

Why is there a rain forest in the Pacific Northwest of the United States? Write a paragraph (at least three sentences) in your own words describing how the regional climate of the Pacific Northwest is affected by factors that include the Cascade Mountains, location near the Pacific Ocean, and the jet stream.

Resources on Earth and Mars

So if resources are things that an organism needs to stay alive let’s think about what might change if humans were to colonize Mars. There are two questions to respond to. Write at least two sentences for each question.

  1. How do humans depend on Earth’s resources?
  2. How do you think the need for resources will change if we go to Mars? (Think about what we have available here on Earth vs. what is available on Mars.)