[FPSPACE] Re: Space.com Illustrated

dconst+@pyrrhus.cimds.ri.cmu.edu dconst+@pyrrhus.cimds.ri.cmu.edu
Tue, 29 Aug 2000 20:26:20 EDT


A contributor from the future ;-) on Wed, 30 Aug 2000 08:08:17 wrote:

>  ;-)  The contents certainly don't sound too inspiring...

Nowdays, it is very difficult to come up with something inspiring about
space.

Please, consider life example:

My son recently went to CMU/NASA NREC's Robo Camp. 
[NREC = National Robotics Engineering Consortium]

The Camp was for 5-8th grade kids, and to my opinion, was very
well thought off and organized and definitely achieved its goal:
to promote science amongst teenagers.

At the graduation ceremony, which myself as a proud parent has attended,
they had a couple of VIPs, including the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh.
Another VIP - a NASA scientist gave a talk about his recent trip to
Baikonur for the July Cluster-II launch. The talk was very, very
informative - it even included details about thunderstorm day before the
launch.

But I also could not help noticing that during the talk many campers
did not stop working with their models. This basically says that even
very well arranged and presented material cannot inspire. It can help
and/or illustrate things, but it does not ignite inspiration.

The inspiration today must come from real world experiences - watching
ISS and Mir passing by in the night sky; or building Intelligent Lego
Robots; or assembling a rocket model; or attending a Shuttle launch, etc. 


Another thing - those who are inspired about space are not that many,
and there are not so many [affordable] publications for them. So, why to
be critical about attempt to create another such periodical, even if
it were not overly pretty shot?  

--
Constantine "Kostya" Domashnev

Senior Research Programmer
Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University