The New Apollo
President Donald Trump has announced that he would like to send men back to the moon, a feat which has not happened since December 11, 1972 with the Apollo 17 mission. His reasoning is to restore America’s legacy of leadership in space and to help National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gain more information about our space and the solar system. Trump would like to eventually send a man to Mars, and he hopes to do this with his space policy directive, which he signed back in February of 2017.
NASA hopes to land astronauts at the moon’s South Pole and gather new information with their current equipment. Many members of the science community are behind Trump on this revival because they believe it will lead to new groundbreaking discoveries and gain further knowledge on lunar science.
With new technology, it is believed that missions to the moon will be both robotic and crewed, leading to more useful information to promote travel to Mars. Currently, NASA is creating robotic prospector missions that will help extract the oxygen and hydrogen needed to survive on the moon and launch expeditions to Mars further in the future. This process will reduce the need to get air from earth and will allow further space expeditions even more possible.
Vice President Mike Pence hopes this feat will be accomplished by 2024. NASA believes this is very possible, and with the recent increase in government funding and technology being better now than ever before, the possibility is even greater. NASA’s biggest concern is the landing sequence, since it has to be designed, built, and tested before it can be sent to space.
Man should be sent back to the moon because of the possibilities that come along with 47 years of scientific and technological advancement. What NASA could learn by going back to the moon could be the key to having life on Mars. Without exploring the unknown, nothing new could be found to further the possibilities for the future. That is why modern space exploration in could ultimately be the answer to advancing human existence to the next level in the future and beyond.
Reporter: Myles Witte
New Zealand Assault Rifle Ban
On Friday, March 15, 2019 the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was shocked over the shooting deaths of 49 people. The shootings were said to be an act of terrorism towards the Christchurch mosques that day.
The first attack took place in the Al Noor Mosque at 1:40 p.m., while the other attack started at 1:55 p.m. in the Linwood Islamic Center. The combined shootings left seven dead at the Linwood Mosque and 41 others dead in the Al Noor Mosque with a 42 which died later at the Christchurch Hospital.
There have been many church and school shootings over the years, but no action has been taken to prevent the shootings from occurring. Within 72 hours of the Christchurch shooting a law was proposed to ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. After the incident action was taken, Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand made sure to put an end to this gun violence. Families will no longer live in constant fear that another tragedy such as the Christchurch shooting will be repeated.
If the government does not take any action the number will increase. If the rest of the U.S. government were to do the exact thing as the New Zealand government there would be less shootings. There was 262 American mass shootings in the United States in 2018 alone. Without a doubt, our system needs to put politics aside and put the lives of the American people first.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Everyday 100 people are killed with guns in America. The US also holds the record for most gun-related homicides for every 100,000 residents. There’s an average of 36,383 deaths per year with 22,274 of the being suicide. Colorado has now passed a legislation that allows law enforcement, family, or household members to petition the court to have weapons seized or surrendered. This bill also states that in order to repossess the weapon(s) the owner must prove he/she no longer poses a risk.
To begin I want to state that I am a gun advocate. I plan to obtain a conceal and carry permit later in my future for self-defense purposes. Ever heard of the phrase “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”? This phrase is a fact. We humans are the ones wielding the guns and what’s stopping us from using any other object to kill? In this sense, it comes down to how dangerous a particular weapon is in addition to the owner. This is what makes the previously stated legislation great because it still allows anyone(permitted) to own weapons.
To only have law enforcement handling firearms may be our justice systems demise. Not only will this allow for an increase in the loss of defenseless-lives but it could also increase the amount of “dirty cops” by having such power. An example can be seen in a home robbery. The owner of the house will be defenseless against the robber until law enforcement comes, possibly resulting in injury or even death of the owner.
I cannot see reason why not to make guns control stricter for the safety of others. However, there are still other factors that come into play. For example, some argue that making guns illegal( or harder to obtain) would render most citizens defenseless against criminals who can inevitably obtain a gun. I believe that, because guns will always be around, gun control should be lifted. My idea is to fight guns with guns. I don’t advocate fighting but self-reliance
Reporter: Makai Walker
Over this past spring break, I decided to try something new and visit a new movie theater. I am usually a sucker for the Metro Point movie theater in Costa Mesa, but its expensive prices for food and drinks are beginning to get out of hand. This is why I decided to try a more affordable option (even though it is a little bit further).
The movie theater I decided to try is called Picture Show in the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, California. Upon researching Picture Show, I was first surprised by the prices of the tickets. I ended up paying $6.75 for my ticket to see the movie Dumbo which was a huge difference from the $11.45 I typically pay. Along with this, I noticed how Picture Show offered films that are no longer showing in other theaters such as Captain Marvel and Shazam. I thought this was pretty cool for those who missed a movie that may have been released earlier in the year.
As I entered the theater, I was immediately shocked to see how long the line to buy popcorn was. I soon found out that the line for popcorn and drinks was also the same line to purchase a movie ticket. Luckily, I had already purchased my ticket online. However, this system made me have to wait a long time to see my movie and almost be late to my movie. I stood in the line for about 15-17 minutes. While I was a bit upset about having to wait in the long line, I felt pretty good knowing that I wasn't going to spend $30-$50 on snacks. After purchasing a medium popcorn, a large coke, and a Slurpee, I spent around $15-a steal!
After I finally got my snack, I walked in the movie theater. As soon as I entered, I was absolutely amazed to see the theater had reclining chairs! I found my seat with my cousin and immediately laid back and relaxed. However, my relaxation quickly came to halt as soon as the movie started. Immediately, I was shocked to hear the amount of babies crying and people talking throughout the whole movie. This was something I have never experienced before and really ruined the whole experience for me. While it was not the theater's fault, it was really disappointing.
Overall, I would rate the Picture Show a 6/10. While it had great amenities, there was a lack of care and efficiency. The unfortunate crying and talking throughout the movie was upsetting. While the theater is not necessarily to blame and it was typically a family day at the theater, hopefully they will work to improve the establishment of their movie theater rules. If you don't mind a noisy theater and enjoy cheap prices/being able to sit in a reclining chair during a movie, then it's worth giving it a shot. Who knows, maybe if you go on a more quiet day of the week it will be a different experience. I personally think I will stick to Metro Point.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez