tomakeabetterworld  asked:

Hey, Joe! What suggestions would you have for a 15-year old who is striving to get into space? Try to get into the Air Force Academy, (or by some other means) become a pilot, log a few thousands of hours, then try to get into NASA, or try to get into a private space company like SpaceX or Boeing or Virgin or Paul Allen's endeavors, or something altogether different? P.S...Your blog is awesome.

Well, first you have to get one of these and start training: 

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But beyond that, your plan is pretty sound. The future of spaceflight will be a mixture of public and private ventures, so you’ve got the right targets in mind.

My only suggestions would be to meet some people interested and connected to various parts of the space industry, from engineers to pilots, and absorb all you can from them. You are never too young to meet people and form a network of knowledge. Also, remember that it takes a lot more than being a pilot to get into space. Space is just a place, it’s what you DO up there that is interesting. So develop a specialty in another field, like geology or biochemistry, that you can apply to experiments having to do with space travel.

Most of all, good luck!