Human Contingency Plan for Surviving a Global Catastrophe or Killer

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Global Catastrophe, our plan.

 
Human Contingency Plan for Surviving a Global Catastrophe or Killer
 
 
 
Benji Crow
 
 
 
 
College of the Redwoods
ASTRO 10, Fall Semester
Instructor: Dr. Jon Pedicino
Due Date: Monday, November 16, 2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benji Crow
Human Contingency Plan for Surviving a Global Catastrophe or Killer
Ever wonder what the West Coast would look like without Lewis & Clarks expeditions, or Columbus’s voyage to the new world? Where would we be if the human race didn’t explore and colonize? Well, we would be no where. Life would be very stagnant. So we got bored started looking around, looking for something better. We realized the wellbeing and the survival of our families depended on exploring, finding a better deal or just getting out of the way of destruction. For most of our history everyone is out for themselves, stepping on toes and clawing their way up the competitive ladder of the human race. In fact that’s one thing we all have in common. Commonality is one of the few things that helps unite us; also, certain fields bridge the gap like math, science and exploration. Under the name of exploration there is a phrase that unites us all, “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind” Astronaut Neil Armstrong knew in around about way that no matter what nationality, color or creed the space race would lay down the building blocks for human unity. What do global killers have to do with exploration? Exploration will be the very key to our survival one day. I know we’ve come along way from some first explores to global killers, but, science has learned global threats are real, the question is not if, its when. It is time to engage ourselves into what potential global threats there may be, potential solutions to those threats, how to preserve our species and what most precious artifacts should be preserved.
Global killers sound scary. I couldn’t count the number of times our species thought the world was going to end, whether it be Hailey’s Comet or an eclipse. But, there are real global threats that have occurred over and over again, also there are facts science has uncovered about the solar system showing just how rare and fragile we are.  Let’s list some global killers: asteroids, volcanism, our own undoing, the sun goes supernova, and the highly unlikely scenario, aliens decide they don’t like us. Pretty sure aliens wouldn’t come all this way just to be hostile. Astronomers are currently tracking about fifty percent of the asteroids zooming around our sun and a hand full of planets. The other half is undetected. “The threat of the Earth being hit by an asteroid is increasingly being accepted as the single greatest natural disaster hazard faced by humanity,” according to Nick Bailey of the University of Southampton's (the Daily Galaxy). We know Earth has been hit multiple times by these fiery beasts leaving behind impact craters. In fact it’s hard to tell how many times the Earth has been struck due to the tectonic activities of the crust. As Stephen Hawking says, the general consensus is that any comet or asteroid greater than 20 kilometers in diameter that strikes the Earth will result in the complete annihilation of complex life - animals and higher plants (the Daily Galaxy). We also know that volcanoes have the power to change the climate drastically enough to kill off most species. And an impact on one side of the planet can result in volcanic activities on the other side of the planet. There is the potential for us to do ourselves in; when the time comes I hope we don’t push the button. And even then there is a chance enough of us would survive to repopulate the planet. Last but not least, the sun will grow in diameter solar winds will blast our atmosphere away until a spectacular new beginning occurs, supernova. We don’t want to be around when our own sun expires we better explore other options.
We are having too much fun with all these potential global killers, let us divert ourselves from destruction and focus on the potential solutions for the above scenarios. For an asteroid threat it’s easy just get Bruce (Willis) and the gang up there. On a more serous note, either blast that rock with lots of super bombs or find some way to nudge it with rockets or controlled explosions diverting it just enough to miss Earth. For a volcanic global threat we either go underground into doomsday vaults or escape to a terra-formed planets/moons or head to the nearest space station. There is no Earth without the sun, the suns longevity is about 5 billion years then it will start to run out of helium. The diameter of the sun will swell to the point it will heat the Earth and blast its atmosphere away. George Orwell came up with a solution in one of his books; aliens helped us build giant rockets to move the Earth. It sounds cartoony but with the help of the Jovian planets gravity and the thrust from super giant rockets we could keep Earths orbit the same distance from the sun we are now. This only buys us some time, supernova will happen. The idea of not keeping all our eggs in one basket comes to mind, if we continue to explore more and even start terra-forming anywhere possible chances of human survival goes way up.
Lets just say the end is near and its time to pack our bags. The things we need to preserve mankind and the species we depend on: plants, animals and us. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which officially opened on [Tuesday Nov 10th 2009], has room for seeds from more than 4.5 million varieties of agricultural, horticultural and medicinal plants (CBC News).The animals we would take would have multiple purposes and nothing would go to waste. Compile a genetic library of as many animal and plants possible to later be reconstructed, a futuristic Noah’s Arch similar to an idea in a move called “Titan A.E.”. When we are packing our bags we would want to throw in Earths complete history, the largest library, I’m not a religious man but a bible, works of art and don’t for get musical instruments. We will need something to keep us entertained while we rebuild humanity. Most of our artifacts from museums and art could be stored in safe ships to be stored in orbit around a safe planet or in tow. We can take a page out of Voyagers voyage and instead of sending a gold record and few diagrams on how to build a record player, we send them our DNA and a diagram on how to make and raise humans (Adam and Eve). The Adam and Eve space capsule could be sent to as many Earth like plants as possible. I know what you’re thinking that an alien race would breed us and make us their slaves. But, if our planet dies or our sun goes pop, it would be better to be slaves in a distant galaxy than it would to be extinct. And besides human urge to explore and be free would be enough to see us through.
We need to spread out, plant our seeds for survival. We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for our insatiable thirst for exploring and surviving.  Archimedes, "Give me but one firm spot to stand, and I will move the earth” (The Lever)
 
 
 
Work Cited
 
http://www.barry.warmkessel.com/6related.html
EARTH DEFENSE
This page pointed me in some cool directions.
"The Daily Galaxy." Stephen Hawking: "Asteroid Impacts Biggest Threat to Intelligent Life in the Galaxy"(2009): n. Web. 12 Nov 2009. <http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/06/the-neo-code-hotspots-most-at-risk-of-an-asteroid-impact.html>.
"CBC News." Norway's ark: underground vault to house world's seeds (2009): n. Web. 12 Nov 2009. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2008/02/26/tech-seed-vault.html>.
"The Lever." I N T R O D U C T I O N (2009): n. Web. 12 Nov 2009. <http://www.math.nyu.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/Lever/LeverIntro.html>.


Submitted: April 22, 2011

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