The Role of Technology and Our Understanding of the Universe

Despite how far our technology has come in just our lifetime alone, there is still much left to be discovered. Now more than ever, we can use the tools we’ve built to better connect with the world around us. Not only does it astronomically improve our quality of life, but it can help us to expand the way we think about our own existence and what else might be out there. With the advancement of space travel, we’ve been able to make important discoveries outside of the earth’s atmosphere, such as discovering more about the solar system and collecting evidence as to how it was formed or even estimate how old Earth is.

Telescopes

Stargazing is one of the most thought-provoking insights we can have into our universe. We’re able to see further than ever before. We can even take pictures of far-off planets and galaxies and use those to get an idea of just how much really might be out there. Whether it be large radio telescopes, the Hubble, or even just a fun backyard setup, exploring the universe by making distant images appear closer is a surefire way to explore the great beyond.

Exploring Down Below

If you think about it, Earth’s ocean really is a universe in and of itself. There is still so much of its area that we haven’t been able to cover, and we have only begun to map it within the last century. We are constantly learning more about the life that lives below the surface, as well as the extreme terrain. Thanks to advances in technology, such as the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as Sentry, we are able to map more than we ever have before. This robot is so sturdy that it can even explore volcanoes!

Rovers

The use of space rovers is pretty cool for a number of reasons. For one, they help us get a better understanding of the geological makeup of distant planets. For example, we can use rovers in an attempt to learn about previous water that may have existed on the surface of Mars. Rovers are often used to collect samples of rock and other matter to be tested for microbial life, or even just to see if they have ever housed conditions that could have supported other life forms.

Spacesuits

When you realize how far space-travel technology has come in the last decade and a half, it’s crazy to think that space suits were originally designed to last for fifteen years. Not only do spacesuits protect astronauts from the freezing temperatures of outer space. They protect astronauts from debris and pressure changes, and even provide oxygen and even contain water to drink during spacewalks. With advancements in this technology, astronauts are now able to be in space for longer amounts of time, which means better research and more data.

Satellites

Remember using dial-up internet to print out the directions of your destination? Or worse, relying on someone else’s description of landmarks to figure out where to go? The outdated search engines have been reduced to a handy computer that fits right in the palm of your hand. All these innovations give thanks to the magic of satellites. Satellites offer improvements on our mapping capabilities, cellular service, internet speed, and even offer extra protection with things like panic beacons. Now the thought of resorting to a paper map feels like nothing more than a distant memory. And the best part about new advancements in technology is that great ideas bring even greater innovation. It will be exciting to see what the future holds as we head to “boldly go where no man has gone before!”