Boy Writes To NASA And Gets A Reply
Seven-year-old Dexter from England wanted to be an astronaut, so he sent NASA a letter— and it’s made the top results on Reddit.
He wrote: “My name is Dexter. I heard that you are sending 2 people to Mars and I would like to come but I’m 7. So I can’t. I would like to come in the future. What do I need to do to become an astronaut?”
The note is followed by a colorful illustration of two people in a rocket ship.
To his surprise, NASA sent a reply:
On behalf of NASA, thank you for writing us a letter. NASA wants you to know that your thoughts and ideas to further space exploration are important, and we hope that you will continue to learn all you can about NASA’s space programs, missions, accomplishments. Just think — in a few years, you could be one of the pioneers that may help lead the world’s activities for better understanding of our earth and for exploring space.”
The letter was accompanied by stickers, pictures of mars and a booklet.
NASA currently has a program for kids, including an online interactive “Kid’s Club” that allows children to play games while learning more about space exploration.
Reddit users have been very receptive, doling out advice and positive feedback about Dexter and his future goals.
Once he’s a little bit older, buy him a nice telescope,” said one user. “It might not be super cheap, but try to avoid what happened with me—I bought a ‘department store telescope’ when I was young, and the views through it were so dim and blurry it almost turned me off of astronomy altogether because I thought all there was to see was fuzzy blobs.”
Others recommended books and videos he could watch, amassing to more than 3,000 comments.