Posted by: COSI | November 30, 2011

Space Beckons and Excites Again?

Can the United States space program reignite excitement in the exploration of our broader universe beyond the surface of our earth?  And if so, can it be significant without manned flight in stimulating people’s natural curiosity about our place in the world and universe?

Can a single, big rocket launch with an audacious goal be the tool?

This week, if you judge by the media coverage, the major scale up of our Martian exploration has caught public attention and is generating buzz.  Can we land a major exploration rover the size of a small car on the surface of Mars?  Can we use a controlled descent for the first time with something that large in a very thin atmosphere to land inside a crater?

If we are successful (half of all Mars mission fail), will we find evidence of conditions for life which have us thinking differently about life on Earth?

This effort has some of the same intrigue, risk, and big, hairy goals that earlier manned missions had that sucked in my attention and stimulated my interests and pursuits in science and math.

I think this Mars expedition may be one that has that potential.  I hope places like COSI can integrate and leverage public interest and excitement around this—maybe showing first images in our newly digitized Extreme Screen theater?

Read the following article and let me know if YOU think this is a NASA exploration that can gain traction as inspiring to the children, teens, and adults in our country.  And if so, how would you suggest COSI add value and access?

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/story/2011-11-28/nasa-mars-rover-curiosity/51436684/1

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