Galactic Explorations is an immersive learning experience where kids collaborate on guided mega-projects. Teams set off on the trip of a lifetime to an exoplanet of their choice. Team Celeste explored Proxima Centauri B.
Mission intro video
We will be designing and experimenting with the science and visuals of how to make a civilization in space and attempting to find ways to search for and research extraterrestrial life.
To discover new life and find ways to expand human civilization in the best possible way.
Explore with purpose, don't harm the new planet unless we have to. Respect the planet.
We need to be friendly with extraterrestrial beings if we find them. We need to find good places to build habitable areas and mine resources and find water.
Proxima Centauri b is a super Earth exoplanet that orbits an M-type star. Its mass is 1.27 Earths, it takes 11.2 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.0485 AU from its star. Its discovery was announced in 2016.
We chose to explore Proxima Centauri b due the earth-like atmosphere, the opportunities for life, as a vast majority of this plane. There may be water pockets underneath the surface which can be used for sustaining a colony on the new planet! It is also only 4.2 light years away from earth. Although this is a lot compared to other exoplanets it's fairly close. The gravity on the surface is only 9% more than earth so walking around would feel pretty normal.
Although one challenge is the surface temperature. It sits at 10 degrees fahrenheit which is below freezing. But, compared to the other potential planets its not that bad.t is covered in water and other valuable resources.
Our astronaut's habitat, energy, and farming design
Minecraft habitat build
Habitat floor plan
Food is grown with a hydroponics system
Once the astronauts are settled we will work to develop a full civilization and find extra-terrestrial life.
First we have terraform the planet's atmosphere.
Then develop the civilization with government and laws, as well as physical buildings and settlements. Check out Julianna's Guidebook here.
Nishant designed this floor plan (above) of the civilization based on conversations with his team and then Josh spent 16 hours creating a Minecraft build based on the floor plan. A video walk through of the build is below:
Communicating with extra-terrestrial life
We will be searching for extraterrestrial life using different sound waves: The sound waves will reflect back and we will have a visual representation of what is going on in the distance.
Our team's message for any extraterrestrial life we may find
Welcome to planet earth. We are humans. Earth is a planet bursting with life. There is a lot of water and nature. There are animals and plants thriving with life on Earth. However, our planet is in danger. Humans have corrupted and polluted the earth. In the future the earth may become uninhabitable so we have begun researching space travel. Humans are believed to evolve from early two legged apes.
We are capable of space travel, although, in hindsight, there is only a very tiny fraction that we have explored. We humans are also creating rockets for our travel in space. One of our hopes is to find extraterrestrial life and perhaps another planet or moon to live on. In the future we hope to move and explore other planets!
As we have evolved, we have created technology and weapons to aid us in our survival. We also make power plants for smooth running of electricity. In 1961 the first humans went into space. Before that, humans were sending animals into space to see how they could handle it ( which is despicable of them ) Another groundbreaking moment in space history was on July 21st, 1969 when people stepped on the Moon for the first time. And Yuri Alexeyvich Gagarin was the first man in space.
In short, Earth and humans are smart but we have made mistakes.
Staying safe and protected
This is the ammunition designed by Nishant. There are three groups of ammunitions here ,the first one causes the most damage with a cluster payload. The second one causes somewhat lesser damage as it contains a micro bomb .The bomb explodes once it touches something. The third group of emanations contains three types of bullets the first one does a most damage the second one does somewhat lesser damage and so the third one does the least damage of all the three groups. Four models were made of all the three ammunition bullets so that we could understand how they look in real life.