Our Solar System by Cynthia Joffrion.  Freedom Middle School

This report was completed as part of my 8th grant science fair entry.

Our solar system is an oasis of light, warmth, and life. It is home to one star, a handful of planets, more than a hundred moons, millions of rocky asteroids, billions of icy comets -- and all the known life in the universe. And it is a realm that we are still learning about as we begin to explore it in greater detail.

 

Galaxy report by Cynthia Joffrion

Galaxy upon galaxy. Vast, unexplored realms of space. It is a wild, untamed universe we live in. There is much danger here and therefore much need for armies, generals, and soldiers. But along with those who wage war there is also much need for those who explore new worlds and make possible the exchange of knowledge and goods…who bring civilization."
Mungo Baobab[src]

Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, "Because it is there."

Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.

Thank you.

President John F. Kennedy - September 12, 1962