Geo016 - Exploration of Mars

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Geo016 / Exploration of Mars / (M) 3:00-5:20 / Lincoln Field 105 / Prof. James Head

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Frank Crespo (02/04/04)

My name is Frank Anthony Crespo and I am from the Sunshine State: Miami, Florida. My interests are vast, and my intellectual pursuits are many. From Cancer Research to helping elementary students build rockets, I especially enjoy interactive involvement. The academic areas that I am most enthralled by are Sendemistry, Psychology, Journalism, Ethics and Radiation.

Science has been my forté for awhile now. I've always been a critical thinker, an analyzer, but most of all a scientist. In my relations with other people, I am always asking why they behave in a certain manner, or why their bodily functions occur as they do. It's funny how even in everyday life I seem to use the Socratic method. Despite my fascination with science, I have always tried to maintain a humanistic perspective in the midst of scientific inquiry. I believe that we should not loose touch of our humanity simply by delving into other-worldly topics like quantum mechanics or space exploration. One day I hope to become an oncologist and help others with their ailments.

I am interested in the exploration of Mars because the here and now continuum of our society has left me sick. This culture is way too narcissistic; it's always about "me." Perhaps this is an effect of the previous focus on Earth as being the center of the universe. Exploring Mars and learning about worlds apart from our own might serve to alter this egocentrism. Also, I believe that Mars may be the key to the unanswered questions here on Earth. Learning about Mars will help us revamp the vanished portion of Earth's history that was wiped out by plate tectonics.

At this point I am most excited about analyzing data from the Mars rovers. Unlike James Watson's early discovery of the structure of DNA, today there are few discoveries made by young scientists. Having this opportunity is simply remarkable and is something our generation needs. The process of discovery is just beginning. I am also anticipating using some of the interactive tools mentioned in class.

By the end of this course I hope to gain a greater knowledge of space and to continue the process of discovery in other realms of life. The future of human existence is now upon us, and I am glad that I will be a part of it. Let the voyage begin.

Poetically yours,
Frank Crespo

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