If We Don’t Push the Limits With Space Exploration, What Are We Really Doing?

I believe a love of learning is something that every person is born with. Think about it … when toddlers dump over a bowl of cereal, they are observing and playing with the natural world. Little do these children know that they are also getting their first lesson in the concept of gravity. As children get older, these natural discoveries keep occurring. They aren’t viewed as “science.” To them, it’s just plain fun.

I was one of those kids. My fascination with space began 13 years ago at the age of five. I couldn’t stop looking at the stars and wondering what was out there. As I got older, I learned more about space exploration and our accomplishments thus far. I was blown away. I realized that Mars should be our next goal, and I clearly saw this as a massive step for humanity. Instantly, I set my intentions high – to be the first astronaut on the Red Planet.

That’s the power of space exploration – to get kids to dream big. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of middle school students – the Mars generation – just started back to school. Among these kids are the future astronauts, scientists and engineers that will get us to Mars and beyond. But, they won’t get there if they aren’t inspired. They need to see real progress in space exploration to fuel inspiration.

When I go into classrooms and speak to students, I share my love of space with them. I talk about the amazing accomplishments that we have made – from the Moon landing to the International Space Station and more. Then, I show them where we are headed. I explain the different innovations that we now enjoy here on Earth as a result of everything that —> Read More