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Activity 3

What’s Next?

B1+
Group 1


Sending humans to the moon changed the future of the human race in ways that we don’t yet understand. It hasn’t solved any of our immediate problems on planet Earth, but it has given us new perspectives on them and caused us to look both outward and inward. I believe that the long term future of the human race must be space and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonising other planets.

Stephen Hawking, 2015.

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« Envoyer des humains sur Mars a changé le passé de l’espèce humaine d’une façon que nous ne comprenons pas encore. Ça a résolu plusieurs de nos problèmes immédiats sur Terre, et ça nous a donné de nouvelles perspectives, et nous a fait regarder à la fois vers le haut et vers le bas. Je crois que l’avenir à court terme de l’espèce humaine doit être Mars, et que ça représente une assurance-vie importante pour notre survie future, car cela pourrait empêcher la dispersion de l’humanité en colonisant d’autres planètes. »

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B1+
Group 2

Pour ce groupe, retrouvez le document vidéo en cliquant ici.


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What is the slogan of the Artemis Generation?

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Who was Artemis?

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a. What does the Artemis Generation want to achieve?


b. Why do the people in the video use the words “inspire”, “wonder” and “dream”?
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B2
Group 3

Pour ce groupe, retrouvez le document vidéo en cliquant ici.


Watch the video and read the Mars One FAQ. Then answer the questions.

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Give five reasons why Mars is the best planet to colonize.

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Present the project in a few sentences.

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Where will the astronauts come from and what language will they speak?

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B2
Group 4


There’s a plan to send microbial life to habitable alien worlds. [...]

[R]obotic missions equipped with gene factories (or cryogenic pods) could be used to distribute microbial life to “transiently habitable exoplanets”. [...]

Exoplanets come in all sizes, temperatures and compositions. The purpose of the Genesis Project is to offer terrestrial life alternative evolutionary pathways on those exoplanets that are potentially habitable but yet lifeless. The basic philosophy of most scientists nowadays is that simple life is common in the universe and complex life is rare. We don’t know that for sure, but at the moment, that is the consensus.

If you had good conditions, simple life can develop very fast, but complex life will have a hard time. At least on Earth, it took a very long time for complex life to arrive. The Cambrian Explosion only happened about 500 million years ago, roughly 4 billion years after Earth was formed. If we give planets the opportunity to fast forward evolution, we can give them the chance to have their own Cambrian Explosions.

“The Genesis Project Plans To Use Robots To Seed The Galaxy With Life”, Universe Today, Futurism.com, 2017.

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Read the full article. Present Project Genesis in a few sentences.

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What does the creator of Project Genesis mean by “If we give planets the opportunity to fast forward evolution, we can give them the chance to have their own Cambrian explosions”?

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a. Which planets are the prime candidates, and why?


b. What kind of organisms would be sent, and how?
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MEDIATION
Let's recap! Recap the issues raised in your document. Give your opinion: should we colonize other planets? Would you like to move to another planet?


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