Lisa Stewart is an elementary school teacher and an advocate for space exploration. She recommends that teachers and librarians sign up for the NASA Express Newsletter that connects teachers at all levels with resources, events, and other enrichment opportunities to put space into their students lives.
Lisa hopes that exploring space will help improve life here on earth. If we understood how small, finite, and precious Earth is, then it would motivate us to figure out how to take better care of it. This can come through the perspective of seeing Earth from space. There is a very thin atmosphere that protects us from space. Also, as we explore space, we will develop technology which could help us here.
Lisa highly recommends the Space Exploration Educators Conference which is held at Space Center Houston each February. If you are an educator, then you should go: https://spacecenter.org/educator-resources/teachers-seec/
It is amazing how long it has been since we went to the moon. The 1969 moon landing was 6 years before Diana was born. The last time someone walked on the moon was 1972. It was so long ago, it is not surprising that people question if it happened. It will be exciting to return. Stepping bold steps out into space, and seeing the world from a different perspective.
Diana used to have a True Crime podcast. Which inspired me to ask, “When do you think we will have the first murder in space?” Lots of people under high stress situation in close proximity will create difficult relationships. Perhaps it is significantly closer than we like. And there is a whole new set of forensics that needs to be developed to investigate crime in free fall, on the moon, and on Mars. It is an area that we may not like to think about, but could be an interesting intellectual exercise.
Diana would go to space if it were affordable and available. But what kind of ecological problems might sending hundreds of StarShips into space multiple times a day cause and how do we mitigate it? Much to think about.