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Task

The year is 1615. Your name is Galileo Galelei. You have just received a letter informing you that you are one of the scientists who has been called before the court (Inquisition of Catholic Church) to explain your support of the theory that the Earth rotates around the Sun.

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This is a very serious accusation. If you are labeled a heretic, according to the common belief of the time, you will not go to heaven, be ridiculed, and possibly put to death while on Earth.

Your task is going to be to prepare a presentation of your theory of the revolution of the Earth rotating around the Sun and present it before the inquisition of the Catholic Church. Your goal is to avoid being labeled a heretic. This will only be done by a well researched and thought out presentation.

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