Everything around you was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
This quote from Steve Jobs comes to my mind when I think about space exploration. It seems that this field is so big, so far away and so incredibly unreachable for ordinary people just like us. But all those rockets, space probes, and telescopes were built by ordinary people just like you and me. And as Steve said, they did not have to be smarter than you.
Space exploration interests me „since forever.” But what is important, is that I would like to not only read and write about it but also engage in space exploration in some way. But how I should do it when I’m not an engineer? I do not know that in detail yet. I’m optimist though. I can see from the examples of people who I interviewed for my Space People series, that you can do real cool space stuff in Europe.
The problem I see here is that we don’t believe hard enough to make this dream come true. And because of that, we don’t take action. Nevertheless, companies and institutions that explore the universe, send probes and people in space need employees from many different specialties. I can be one of them. And you too.
The most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence.
When you are a kid, parents tell you, that you can be whoever you want to be. You can be an astronaut and go to space. Sure, why not? It’s harmless to say that to a child.
But when you are an adult and you are serious about Mars and our necessity to go there and make a colony in order to be multiplanetary species… Then it sounds weird and people start to look at you with pity.
We have to have courage to start talk about it and then make things in space industry. And I’m not talking here about courage of an astronaut who sits on a barrel of explosives and flies into emptiness which is trying to kill him all the time. I’m talking about courage of thousands of people whose knowledge and work was necessary to send the astronaut to space. I’m talking about courage of all those people, who at some point in their lives said to their parents, girlfriend or husband, that they won’t be a doctor, a lawyer or a mid-level manager in a prosperous corporation. They won’t be. Because they decided to seriously pursue that thing, that pulls them with huge force of gravity, just like massive the black hole… They decided to dedicate themselves to space. Decided to study astronomy. Decided to construct satellites. Decided to design Marsian rovers. Here on this planet. Here in this country. Here in this city.
The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program.
In this humorous way the famous science fiction writer commented why we should spend money on space exploration.