Issue #1(27) 2021 Lounge

Dream big and reach the stars

Abigail Harrison has been sharing her love of science and space exploration since she was 13 years old.
Abigail Harrison has been sharing her love of science and space exploration since she was 13 years old.
Abigail Harrison Minnesota, USA

Every generation has its own tools and methods for ‘selling space’ to the younger generations that will, hopefully, follow them into the space profession. Today, this movement is part of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and the tools include anything from scholarships to social media. Here, 23-year-old author and influencer Abigail Harrison - also known as Astronaut Abby - puts her own personal spin on STEM for space.

I believe in the Mars generation. That is, I believe that my generation will be the first to put a human (hopefully me!) on Mars. But I also believe we will accomplish other feats so immense that they will be on a par with putting boots on another planet. And I have the utmost faith that my generation will make the impossible possible.

That said, my faith in the ability of my generation is not blind: it comes with caveats. One such caveat is that today’s young people will be supported and nourished to ensure that they have the ability to become tomorrow’s leaders. Every generation follows in the footsteps of those before them and then advances their field; as Isaac Newton wrote in a 1675 letter to fellow scientist Robert Hooke, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

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