The Star Trek TV show partly began with “to go where no one has gone before.” We may be close to our journey into the final frontier, outer space. There are talks by NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) of sending us “back” to the moon . Private businessman Elon Musk sent his Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts up to dock with the International Space Station recently — AND THEY SAFELY SPLASHED DOWN IN THE OCEAN! For the first time, two female astronauts, Christina Koch and Anne McClain, did a space walk together outside the ISS. They had to replace a battery component on the outside of the space station. And they were able to do it because Hillary Clinton had previously complained they didn’t have two “medium” suits to fix two women at the same time. And there are plans to even send people to Mars in the future.
It’s an exciting time in science.
Why does anyone develop an interest in science? Why should anyone care about saving the environment? Curiosity is part of it. Curiosity, with some support and inspiration. Our first female astronaut, Sally Ride, had to deal with preconceived notions about women when she flew up in space. For one thing, NASA officials asked her if she needed a makeup kit! (She said no.)
Now, more than ever, we need people to solve energy and health issues by developing an interest in the sciences, including young women. In “Great American Women in Science and Environment,” we meet some very curious women who early in life have a great interest in science and nature. They are examples for girls and boys, men and women, who want to make a difference now and in the future . (**GREAT AMER. IDEA**) Shameless plug — get “Great American Women in Science and Environment” at www.booklocker.com/books/11083.html
When my spouse taught full time he had to take education classes every five years to keep his certification current. One of the classes he took (actually on two occasions) was in aerospace education. Courses about outer space? How does that relate to elementary education? Actually, when you do math problems, talk about the weather, what it takes to get a rocket up into the air, you “are” looking at aerospace issues.
He and other teachers were taught by Dr. Elizabeth Martin, of the University of Southern Alabama. Born and raised in Burkes Garden, Virginia, she eventually taught science education to teachers at college. She knew people in the field of aeronautics and took the teachers class to Cape Canaveral, Florida, where astronauts and rockets launch into space. They also visited Huntsville, Alabama.
(**GREAT AMER. IDEA**) Huntsville is a great place for adults and kids and teens. They have a thing called “Space Camp,” and are now taking reservations for the 2021 season. Kids gets to fly in a drone simulator, create an LED flashlight, and pilot an underwater robot, among other fun things. The future is for the adventuresome, and adults and young students should “look to the stars” for possibilities in the future. (See www.spacecamp.com for more details. YOU CAN ALSO SEE PICS OF OUTER SPACE AT SOMETHING SALLY RIDE SET UP ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, AT https://www.earthkam.org/help )
Read about innovators in science. Visit Huntsville (in the future) and look to the stars, perhaps even to solve energy problems. The possibilities are out there!