Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder as Our Imagination Begins to Wander
Radioisotope power system, also known as the RPS, uses heat to form electric power that powers spacecraft systems. Heat is produced through the natural decay of a radioactive element called plutonium-238. Due to the long half-life of plutonium, RPS is a long-lasting energy source. There are two types of RPS, the Radioisotope Heater Units, and the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator. RPS has tremendous advantages that made it a popular power system for NASA’s space machines. One characteristic of RPS that inspires me is its ability to work over long distances. This feature allows us to expand our horizons and discover space limitlessly.
Similar to RPS’ ability to work over long distances, my unique power is independence. Just like RPS, I could learn and study far away from my family. Since middle school, I have decided to study abroad and work toward my lifelong goal: to become a cultural ambassador. I am eager to learn about other cultures while spreading my culture to other people. Being independent is the first step toward this goal as I have to travel around and communicate with people. Independence also helps me to become more mature and create less burden for my family.
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