Friday 15 December 2017

7-year-old writes letter to NASA offering to go to Mars – and gets reply

Dexter with the photos he received from NASA
Dexter with the photos he received from NASA
One of the images of Mars sent to the child
The letter Dexter received from NASA
Dexter's letter to NASA
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A YOUNG American boy got the surprise of his life after NASA responded to his letter offering his services as an astronaut to explore Mars.

7-year-old Dexter wrote in his letter: “I heard that you are sending two people to Mars and I’d like to come but I’m 7. I can’t.

“I would like to come in the future, what do I need to do to become an astronaut?”

However it wasn’t long before the school child received a reply from the space agency.

“NASA wants you to know that your thoughts and ideas to further space exploration are important, and we hope that you will continue to learn all you can about NASA’s space programs, missions, and accomplishments.

“Just think  - in a few years, you may be one of the pioneers that help lead the world’s activities for better understanding of our earth and for exploring space.”

The letter then offers suggestions of websites he should look at to learn more about space and NASA.

The letter is signed off: “NASA wishes you every success in earning good school grades and encourages you keep reaching for the stars!”  

Also enclosed for the future astronaut were colour photos of the surface of Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Dexter’s dad shared the story on social media site Imgur.

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