This question was asked by an audience member at a recent event at the Ri, in which NASA’s chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan gave an overview of their plans to develop a human exploration pathway to Mars. Here is what she replied:
“Everything we do at NASA, someone has to imagine first. That’s why the arts are such an important part of education, because you have to learn to be creative, to be innovative. We’re trying to do really hard things, trying to get humans down to the surface of Mars… Building models, testing things on a small scale before we ever spend the money to enlarge them up to a big scale is really important.”
Watch the full talk on the Ri Channel now.
FACT: On this day in 1958 the US Congress passed legislation formally inaugurating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).