By coincidence, I taught a two hour guest assembly to a bunch of sixth- and eighth-graders yesterday on space exploration. By a large margin, they were mostlySep 28, 2006 1 of 6View SourceBy coincidence, I taught a two hour guest assembly to a bunch of sixth- and eighth-graders
yesterday on space exploration. By a large margin, they were mostly interested in
commercial zero-G flights (I had my video), commercial New Space companies, and life on
the space station. Less interest in returning to the Moon -- they *did* ask "Did we really go
to the Moon?" and one shocked me by bringing up "Capricorn One", which I thought would
have been decently buried years before he was born! -- and Mars didn't seem to grab them
at all. They loved the animation of the Space Elevator, but were pretty skeptical that it could
really get built.
But the stuff they might actually get to do themselves within ten years, they were really
enthusiastic about. (Once I quoted the price of the zero-G flights, there was pandemonium.
Not a rich-rich neighborhood, but some of these kids will have had parents spend ten times
that much on their bar/bat mitzvahs.)
as a young adult I can say that I am very interested in space exploration and so are most of my friends, but we are not normal unfortunately. I have worked forSep 28, 2006 1 of 6View Sourceas a young adult I can say that I am very interested in space exploration and so are most of my friends, but we are not normal unfortunately.
I have worked for Mars Society and am interested in human flights to Mars but to be honest I'm not sure I'd want to go, until propulsion technology has advanced some and i'd be able to go from and back on occasion -- as much as I love outer space, I'm rather fond of this planet, too! If colonies were set up on the moon however I would be one of the first to sign up. That doesn't mean I don't think other people should colonize mars however :) As for the Mars Rovers I thought they were quite cool but really only as precursors for human settlement. If all they are for is to take pictures of rocks that humans will never be able to do anything with then its coolness factor goes down considerably.
Space Ship One is a great step towards opening space to ordinary people. I'm going to be at the X-Prize Cup next month, maybe I'll see some of you there ^_^
That's just my two cents ... there are young adults who are interested, I suppose we just need to figure out how to be more vocal ;)