Zymal would travel to space if she could. She is excited to learn that we are going back to the moon and that it will be a good thing to have the first woman on the moon. By exploring space, we will learn more about the earth. We can explore space and improve life here on earth. In fact, it may require space exploration to solve some of our problems.
April was not aware of NASA’s plans to send the first woman to the moon in 2024. Also, she was a little surprised that 1972 was the last time we sent people to the moon. She thought we would have gone more frequently once we figured out how. And while she thinks it will be a good accomplishment to go back, it is not something that she is likely to celebrate.
Talked to Akash about the 2024 Artemis moon landing that NASA is planning. He had not heard about it before. Akash has some questions about the opportunity cost of a human moon landing. Could that money be used to solve more pressing problems on earth? We explored this a little and discussed the benefits we should get from improving our perspective. When those astronauts look back at earth and see something that is small, fragile, limited and yet extremely special, we will have a truer view of our place in the cosmos. Also what are humanity’s cognitive blind spots that might be addressed by having humans living in very different conditions than on earth. Where will Akash be in 2024 when the moon landings are happening? Celebrating this achievement with the rest of us.
The Artemis Program will land the first woman and the next man on the moon by the end of 2024. Each day I plan to talk to a different person about the moon landing. What do they know? What do they think about it? What gets them excited? My first interview is with Pooja Bhatia, my niece, who is visiting for the holidays. She was not aware of the program, but she is excited and glad it is happening.