There’s no place like Earth

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After I have finished reading Have A Little Faith, I decided to take a break from reading fiction and non-fiction novels. I checked on our book shelf and got me one of the books from 1000 Things You Should Know About. The set is composed of 10 volumes by Grolier.

I took the volume called Space. I have always fascinated by the mystery of space; the stars, the planets, the universe. I always wonder if there are other creatures in the universe other than us, earthlings. I wonder if the said creatures also breathe oxygen. Or they may be breathing carbon dioxide or other gases which make them survive. I wonder if only planet earth holds living things.
We started studying about space as early as pre-school. We learned about the day and night. We learned about the sky. We learned about the sun, the moon and the stars. We learned that we live in
a planet called the Earth. :)

We know that our sun is a medium-sized star; a star that is million light years away from us. The sun is the center of the solar system we belong to. It is also the closest star to our planet.

I remember studying about the planets of the solar system when I was in grade 3. My mind was refreshed with the different characteristics of each planet in our solar system and what makes the earth been called the living planet. Why we have been so lucky to live on our planet.

The Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. We cannot live on this planet. Life can be impossible here, too. At night time its temperature is around -180 degrees Celsius. While at day time, its temperature will be over than 430 degrees Celsius!

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Venus is the second planet from the sun. It may be the second planet from the sun but it is the hottest planet in our solar system. Its surface temperature can be over 470 degrees Celsius. Its atmosphere is a thick mixture of carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid. This was caused by the planets volcanoes. I don’t believe life is possible on this planet, too. Unless, the creatures breath carbon dioxide with sulphuric acid. We can see Venus on our night sky because of its thick clouds of Carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid reflects sunlight and make it shine like a star.

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The planet Mars is the 4th planet from the sun. It also been called as the red planet. It has been said as well as the Earth’s twin planet. Space probes did not find any evidence of life in Mars. However, a possible fossil of a micro-organism in a Mars rock, make scientist speculates that life once exist on Mars. So, the hunt for life on Mars is still on. Man cannot live still on Mars for water is not available there. There could be an oasis somewhere, but as of today, I believe no water has found yet on Mars.

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Jupiter is the 5th and the biggest planet in our solar system. It is a gigantic planet which measures 142, 984 kilometers across. If life is possible on this planet, this may resolve the overpopulation problem we are experiencing. However, Jupiter is mostly made of hydrogen and helium gas. Even space craft may not be able to land on this planet, because it has no surface to land on!

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Saturn is the 6th planet from the sun and the second biggest, too. Saturn has become famous because of its rings. It is called the ringed-planet. Thinking about the rings that surround this planet, one can really say that it is a beautiful planet. Saturn is not solid. It is made mostly of liquid hydrogen and helium. Like Jupiter, like could not be possible on this planet. But who knows? Saturn is a secretive planet. :)

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Next to Saturn is the planet Uranus. It is the 3rd biggest planet of our solar system. It’s the seventh planet. Like Saturn, it has rings, too but very faint. It’s atmosphere is made of hydrogen and helium gas. Uranus surface is made up of an ice-cold ocean of liquid methane. This gave the planet a stunning blue color. :) You think life is possible on this planet? Well, maybe if you can stand the cold surface without freezing!

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Neptune is the 8th planet from the sun. Neptune is so far away from the sun, that it will take around 165 Earth years to complete the orbit. It has a surface of icy cold liquid methane and an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

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Pluto was the once considered a planet. It was then the ninth planet from the sun. It was called as the dwarf planet. However recent studies disqualified Pluto from being called a planet. (Source: 1000 Things You Should Know About: Space)

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What do you think made me present to you brief description of our neighboring planets? Why do I need to waste time describing each planet if you can find these things and more over the Internet? As I read about the universe, I realize how tiny we are. We are like dust in the wind (just like the said song tells us). I was very thankful that I was born on this planet. I have appreciated life more after reading the book. Moreover I have appreciated our planet more.

This piece of writing is just a simple reminder that we have only one Earth. There is only one planet in our solar system where life is possible; where we can live.

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We are all aware of Earth’s destruction. This is a reminder that all of us are responsible in taking care of our Earth. And, we are all being called to do something for our home, our planet.
As you know, there is no place like Earth. We should act now.

Ciao! :)

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