Julian thought NASA’s plans to land on the moon were neat, but he had not heard of them before. And he thinks we should solve problems on earth before exploring space. The two problems we talked about were the environment and poverty. Electric cars need to displace gas cars. And we should work on putting solar panels on our houses before looking into space based solar power. He is most excited by solving problems that he can see the benefits of solving. For example, teachers spend much time looking for an eraser for the marker board, he has an idea for a solution. Also, getting tape off of a spool of tape is a pain. He is working on a solution to that too. In 2024, Julian will be a freshman in college. And he doesn’t plan to go wild when people are on the moon.
Julian has his own YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCvsRDQh2QoETeOH6hBJGNDA
Tanmay was familiar with NASA’s plans to land on the moon! He thinks it will inspire people to study STEM, but he would like to know some of the societal benefits that we would get out of it.
Today I talked to Cole and Evi and the gym about the Artemis Program. They were not aware of NASA’s plan, but they were enthusiastic and supportive. They will be in college when people are walking on the moon again.
I was kind of nervous talking to complete strangers about the moon. But they were very supportive. “Would you help me with my project?”, I said. “Sure.. what is it?” And they warned me that they did not know much about the moon. But they did know that 1969 was the first time that people walked on the moon.