Defining the Term ‘Deep Space’
Deep space research is really the branch of science, astronautics and outer space research which is primarily involved in exploring the far away regions of space. But, there’s little agreement on the exact meaning of ‘space’ itself. In some contexts, it’s used to refer only to cosmic void, while in other contexts it’s used to describe the space encountered by the sun, i.e. our solar system. Although both terms are applicable, it’s clear that each is used for a distinctly different purpose, which we’ll discuss below.
Before discussing the actual definition of deep space, let’s take a closer look at the basic mission of NASA, the space agency of the United States. NASA’s main goal is to support the international human space exploration programs. One of the ways this is done is through providing long-term support for the design, construction and operation of facilities such as the International Space Station (ISS), the biggest structure used by astronauts in space. NASA also has an interest in creating a permanent space station around the moon, which could serve a number of purposes.
To this end, NASA is researching many ways to utilize its already existing technology in order to explore not only the solar system and the deep space beyond, but also to find evidence of life. One way they’re doing this is by studying the effects of alien life on the moon and Mars. It has already been proposed that there may be signs of microbial life on the surface of Mars. Furthermore, the studies being conducted by NASA and other space research centers will provide us with important data on the feasibility of sending humans to explore the planets beyond earth orbit.