School: Peachtree Charter Middle School
Teacher: Brian Gardiner
City: Atlanta, Georgia
"Stephen Hawking once said, “Look up at the stars and not down on your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” The universe truly is a vast and perplexing place filled with an abundance of intriguing unknowns. Each of its small aspects contains abstruse mysteries. Unfortunately, due to the various challenges faced while trying to explore these enigmas, scientists are unable to analyze most of the universe and its puzzles. The objects in our solar system are one of the few things in the universe scientists are capable of exploring. These objects include the moons, planets, asteroids, and comets in our solar system. Charon is one such moon in the solar system that orbits the dwarf planet Pluto. It is a natural satellite that possesses a wide array of fascinating characteristics. These intriguing features of Charon have led to my conclusion that Charon is a place of tremendous potential and that it is essential that we further explore this natural satellite.
We have only seen the wonders of one side of this moon. The other side may contain even more astounding features that can alter our view of the whole universe. Discoveries of life on the satellite can help scientists further understand the ability of life to survive in extreme conditions. This knowledge of evolution can potentially help humans colonize the harsh terrains of other planets and moons. In conclusion, NASA must send missions to Charon so that we can acquire a better understanding of this moon and perhaps even a whole new perspective on the potentials of life.