School: The Heritage School
City: Kolkata, West Bengal
"I was an innocent kid, when I learned about a new word “Stars.” Intrigued by those tiny little dots in the sky, I did more research into stars and other elements of the universe and an entire new world opened to me. Stars, planets, moons, so many things existed, that I wanted to know about.
In 2006, NASA launched the ‘New Horizons’ space probe, as part of the ‘New Frontiers’ program, a daring program to explore the worlds in our solar system. In 2015, the probe passed Pluto, and specifically the moon Charon, transmitting back images to the earth, which were ultimately published online.
If I could send a spacecraft to Charon, I would really enjoy doing it. Like our moon, we can set up research stations in Charon. The spacecraft would try to monitor even the other side of Charon and try to search for life. From the spacecraft we can also conduct researches on Pluto alongside Charon. Although, it is impractical that there would be life on Charon under such freezing temperatures, tholins and other macromolecules formed by Nitrogen and methane from Pluto’s atmosphere are present. These gases can warm Charon. These maybe some traces of origin of life. Also, sea creatures like Hadal Amphipod can live 10000 metres under water. If these creatures can live under such a cold temperature and very high atmospheric pressure without the availability of sunlight, then why can’t there be life on Charon. Due to the presence of carbon in Charon, there can be coal mines. We can use the coal mines to replenish our sources. Carbon is one of the building blocks of life. I hope that through this mission, we get to know more about the origin of life. So, we can conclude that there are many factors on the availability of plantation, coal mines and life (maybe in primitive form) on Charon. I wish to learn about all these things through the mission. I hope that humanity could visit Charon one day."