To date, Earth is the only planet known to host life in this vast universe of ours. Frank Drake hosted a meeting at Green Bank, West Virginia in 1961. As an agenda for that meeting’s discussions, he outlined an equation with all the factors that needed to be considered for the probability or receiving a signal from an intelligent extraterrestrial lifeform. Since then, astronomers and the public have been thinking about what are the chances, and what would we do if we were contacted?
This is the form of a research proposal to fund a mission to find Extraterrestrial Life. You are to complete the format exactly as exactly using the information and evidence you have gained throughout this course. You must cite your evidence from scientifically valid sources . You will be marked mainly on how you put together a coherent scientific argument from the information you have learned.
You are to propose for an imaginary mission to a real destination in or outside your solar system and use real scientific evidence to create your pitch for your mission. Again, all papers must follow this format.
Proposal for _ [name of your mission] ___ Mission to _ [name of your destination] _
Overview: Summary of where fate is headed, why that place is promising, and what you hope to find there. (250 words)
Previous Missions: Review of previous an or related missions and major about (about 500 words)
Review of selected destination: A description of the selected destination and a scientific argument for why this destination has been selected for the mission (about 750 words)
Anticipated Findings: A scientific explanation of what lifeforms might be found there along with an evidence-based argument for why these available may be expected (about 750 words).
Comparison and conclusion: A synthesizing argument of why this mission should be selected over other missions that could be considered (about 250 words).
A successful paper be at least 2500 words and will include:
A coherent scientific argument that uses scientifically valid articles (from the Internet or journals) – and many of the main concepts used in the textbook, articles, and assignments. These concepts might include: metabolism, respiration, reproduction, habitability zones, extremophiles, methods of searching for extrasolar planets, carbon-based life, universal solvents, planetary aviationheres, or other other concepts that are are to the search for life. Your paper is present your understanding, not just the awareness of the terminology.
A clear organization and correct grammar to provide a readable and intelligent paper. It should be easy and pleasurable to read. This should include an introduction, conclusion, and the suggested headers to help make clarify your argument.
Individuals and creativity to show how you have digested and interpreted the information, and to show me it is your OWN work. Papers that read like a bunch of cut and paste text without any personality will be poorly graded.
A complete and consistent set of citations and references in APA, IEEE, or similar academic format. I do not care which format you use, but be consistent and thorough.
Pride in your work. If you do not love it, I will not love it.
You will be very strict on anything that is copied from the Internet or another student’s paper – it is plagiarism. Do not go there.