The Path to Planet B Begins in Our Classrooms

The invention that allows humans to live on other planets or leverages the technologies of space exploration to improve health care or agriculture here at home may already live in the mind of a young person like Sam Pascal. Sam, a young Black man, recalled through the unCommission how his high-school classes channeled his curiosity about space into a career:

“I had a passion for Sir Isaac Newton,” Sam said. Everyone else hated math, but Sam decided he was going to throw himself into and excel in it. “I started having this passion for space exploration. I learned a lot about outer space, about the planets and orbits and the solar system as a whole.” It was then that Sam decided that he would become an aeronautical engineer.

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