Just this week, NASA appeared in the headlines even on entertainment sites with the bold mission to go where Michael Bay went before (in the movie “Armageddon”), and crash the spacecraft into an asteroid to change its orbit. Here’s what Traveler alluded to when she discussed why space exploration might be worth the investment:
“I’m writing a book about the women of ‘Star Trek,’ and not just the women involved in making it, but the women affected by it. And I’ve been here recently. [the European Space Agency]and the satellites they have in the air, some people may have the feeling that it’s all just that we’re spending a lot of money on space. But no, we’re spending a lot of money figuring out, what just happened yesterday, what do we do if some big rock hits? Can we redirect it? What’s going on with the weather? I mean, satellites are a great way for us to understand ourselves and the Earth. “
Visitors also talked about “Star Trek” “creating new little scientists and sparking interest” in people, one of which was “a woman who grew up in the mountains of Italy watching ‘Star Trek’.” and said, “Oh, it’s okay for a woman to be an engineer. ‘ And she grew up to be Samantha Cristoforetti,” she said.
Cristoforetti is First European woman to command the International Space Station. She was inspired by “Star Trek” and even appeared on screen wearing a Starfleet uniform in space, this only demonstrates the enormous influence and global (even extraterrestrial) reach that the franchise has. As the Visitor said, “That’s why [‘Star Trek’ is] importance.”
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