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The Challenger Disaster / A Study In Ethics
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An 11 page case study examining the events and findings regarding a booster rocket design flaw in the space shuttle series of which Challenger was part. Roger Boisjoly was a red-flag-waving engineer who was regarded as the country's leading expert in the area, yet his company, Morton Thiolkol, refused to listen to his concerns about the safety of the entire mission. Challenger exploded just after liftoff on January 28, 1986. Boisjoly began to formulate his theories fully one year before. One source cited.
Filename: Chal.wps

The History Of Unmanned Space Flight
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A 9 page paper that provides a history of unmanned space flight that has lead up to the Mars Pathfinder mission and the interrelationship of all of those missions to the eventual human habitation of another planets, namely, Mars. The quest for Mars was begun 40 years ago, and all of the space exploration to date, manned or unmanned, including discoveries about earth and the universe, have been made toward this purpose. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: Unmanned.wps

The Hubble Space Telescope
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A 5 page research paper which looks at the Hubble Space Telescope and the ramifications of some of its discoveries on the science of astronomy. The writer discusses what the Hubble has revealed about our own solar system and also the numerous paradoxes that the images from the Hubble have uncovered that may eventually revolutionize current scientific thinking. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
Filename: Hubble.wps

The Infrared Space Observatory
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This 10 page report on the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) gives an overview of what the ISO's investigations are revealing, why its observations are in demand, and how its discoveries are beginning to rewrite the textbooks on astronomy. Bibliography lists four sources.
Filename: Infrared.wps

The Mystery Of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)
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The question of life existing beyond the confines of our own planet and the visitations that such beings might make to our world, is one that pre-dates the twentieth century. In this 10 page research paper, the writer explores the mystery of U.F.O.s, historical "sightings," government reports, and the ensuing controversy today. Statistics concerning the number of people who claim to have seen a UFO are cited and alternative explanations are provided. It is ultimately concluded that while flying saucers may very well exist, such can not yet be proven. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
Filename: Ufos.wps

The Possibility Of Life On Mars
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This 7 page paper reviews the vast amount of information scientists currently have about life on Mars and speculates on what else might be discovered. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: Marslife.wps

The Probability of Intelligent Life Forms on Other Planets
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In 5 pages the author discusses the probability of intelligent life forms on other plants around other stars. When one considers the "alien life form" concept, it is generally in a humorous or scary way as portrayed in the great number of sci-fi movies about aliens. One movie has been shown in recent years that is more real to life than imaginable. That movie is "Contact," which starred Jodie Foster as Ph.D. Astronomer Ellie Arroway. Although the movie was science fiction, it was real enough to make viewers ponder the real possibility of intelligent life on other planets around other stars. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: Lifeform.wps

The Rings of Saturn
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A 5 page research paper exploring aspects of Saturn's Rings. Topics include hypotheses of composition of the rings, leakage from the rings, the latest ring found, and what scientists hope the Cassini will reveal. Bibliography included.
Filename: Satring.wps

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