About

This blog is about the human exploration of space.

With the emergence of private space companies, it might be conceivable for a large number of people to leave Earth’s atmosphere and venture into Earth orbit, and perhaps even to the Moon. In the meantime, NASA will be attempting to send a select few to the farthest destinations that are possible to reach with current technology: the asteroid belt and Mars.

Only time will tell how soon interplanetary journeys will be realized. But we already have the basic requirement to embark on such breathtaking voyages: curiosity.

The vehicles are on the assembly line. The explorers are ready. Mars is waiting.

 

7 Responses to About

  1. Tomoya Mori says:

    Hi! My name is Tomoya, and I am studying Astrophysics at my university. Since I was seven, I have been dreaming to be an astronaut and land on Mars one day. Recently, I heard that there are fewer demands for astronauts with an astrophysics degree, because once you are on the Moon or on Mars you will be studying its geological features rather than distant galaxies and planets.

    I am currently a sophomore and I just declared my concentration. I thought about doing Geology but my passion for space is greater. I would like to hear your opinion about the effectiveness and usefulness of Astrophysics degree.

    Thank you very much.

  2. Hi Tomoya,

    Follow your passion! It really doesn’t matter what you choose to study; if you are genuinely passionate about it, you will do it well and that’s what makes an astronaut. For example, if you look at the requirements for NASA astronauts, they include having a science or engineering degree, without specifying which one.

    So if you really love astrophysics, then go ahead and study that, and become very good at it. The important thing is that you enjoy it. Also, think ahead, and decide whether you might still enjoy it 5 or 10 years down the road.

    I would also recommend working on other skills, such as scuba diving, flying aircraft, and/or mountaineering. But again, the important thing is that you enjoy those activities.

    Good luck!

    Augusto

  3. Tomoya Mori says:

    Hello Mr.Augusto,

    “Follow your passion” – Thank you very much for making me realize the importance of following one’s passion.
    I might have been too focused on becoming the astronaut rather than on what I really want to study.

    Ever since I saw the craters on the Moon with my naked eye through my telescope, I have been following my passion until I got into college where I started to think about my career. But no matter what people say, what I really enjoy is reading and studying about Astrophysics. It stimulates my curiosity.

    Thank you very much for your advice. I also love outdoor activities, and I will plan on mastering scuba diving, mountaineering etc.

    I am very lucky to have found your blog. I hope that one day, I can meet you in outer space!

    • Hi Tomoya,

      How are things going? Did you decide to go into astrophysics?

      Augusto

      • Tomoya Mori says:

        Hello Augusuto!

        I’m doing great.
        I am now back in Japan for the summer. In two weeks I will be attending a Space DTP summer program in Russia, hosted by The Bauman Technology Institute and Rice University. (http://bakerinstitute.org/students/moscow-summer-intern-program/)

        In the end, I have decided not to follow the astrophysics track; rather I will create my own concentration on the theme of “Space Development” and approach the topic from various aspects.
        There are many reasons behind such a decision.
        I personally believe that by 2035, the year in which NASA aims to send humans to Mars, space will no longer be restricted to scientists, but also for the general public.
        As private companies such as SpaceX emerge and join the space industry, I believe that there will be more opportunities to be involved in the space exploration.
        For example, as space becomes more accessible, jobs that are currently only available on Earth, such as teachers, chefs, film directors etc, will also go to space. I want to defy the convention that “space is for rocket-scientists” and make space familiar to everyone. So in other words, I want to become a “Space Communicator”.

        But my dream to go to space and land on Mars is still alive.
        I have decided to approach space in a different way and hopefully create new jobs.

        Best regards,
        Tomoya

      • Hi Tomoya,

        The summer program looks awesome. Sounds like you’ll have fun.

        Glad to hear that you have a well thought-out plan for your studies. It’s important to enjoy what you do.

        It makes both of us wanting to go to Mars. Although I wouldn’t mind just going to the Moon; there’s a lot to explore there still.

        Let me know how the summer program goes!

        Augusto

  4. mitch says:

    Hey Tomoya!

    This is going to be short and sweet, but thank you. I am a V-22 Crew Chief in the Marines and since I joined the plan has been to use my gi bill to study physics and astronomy at college and then get my PHD while doing exactly what you’re doing. You’ve given me some daily inspiration and sometimes that’s all you need.

    Rock on!

    Mitch

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