I am excited about what mankind does in space, because I know that such a journey builds our confidence, enlarges our knowledge, and improves our life on Earth. Check out this great website by Boeing called, Beyond Earth. It is a jumping off point for learning reasons to go to space, for experiencing efforts to go to destinations near and far from Earth, and to see the real and planned Engineering systems to take us there.
There is information for educators (lesson plans) and students, news and multimedia. Here is the link. Return to this post and comment on your experience at Beyond Earth.
“I was ten and a half years old when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar dust and into the history books. Wow, I thought, looking up that evening at the moon, half illuminated by the setting sun, how amazing is that? My childhood thoughts of ‘The Man in the Moon’ were changed forever.” (Hardman, Kenneth R., My Journey to Engineering, Engineering Stories, Chapter 8)