Exploring Space and Interstellar Travel: Millennial Take
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the moon. Ever since then, space exploration has inspired generations of Americans; General Charles Bolden, surprisingly, was not one of them.
I was over the moon (pun intended) to sit down with General Bolden before the JFK Jr. Forum’s “Exploring Space and Interstellar Travel” forum, and find out what inspired the current NASA Administrator and one of the most well-respected astronauts of this generation, to pursue a career in space exploration. He told me that, “In spite of not thinking about becoming an astronaut, two things [he] was always interested in, just naturally and inquisitively, were math and science.” These traditional subjects however, now need to make room for NASA’s new and increasing focus on an interdisciplinary direction — what Bolden dubs as “new space”. Between “the support of our international partners” and “entrepreneurs, American industry, and academia”, a modern type of collaboration has arisen, giving America “an opportunity to try to galvanize and pull together all kinds of disparate people”. People, who’s lives on Earth are already being impacted on a daily basis by advancements in technology courtesy of NASA.
As humans push deeper into space, NASA has become the crucible in which traditional sciences, private sectors, politics, and public support have joined forces to exhibit the best of human achievement. Each mission that is embarked on, pushes the boundaries of our knowledge, our technical know-how, and the determination of countless men and women to explore beyond the world we see today. Having interned at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight —> Read More