During the quarantine I check out this show on Apple TV out of boredom and curiosity called “For All Mankind” and now I think being an astronaut would be the coolest thing ever.
I didn’t realize how exciting real space exploration was.
I also didn’t realize how interesting the history of spaceflight and space exploration was. Immediately after finishing the first season I watched any astronaut themed movie and show I could find. “Apollo 13”, “Hidden Figures”, “The Right Stuff”, “Gravity”, “Interstellar”, “The Martian”, and “First Man”. I even got a Russian movie on Itunes called “Salyut 7”. I also watched the anime “Planetes”. I loved HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon” and the Discovery Channel’s “When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions”.
I wish I had never lost my interest in space. When I was in middle school the early 2010s an astrophysicist named “Neil Degrasse Tyson” got me interested in science and space exploration. I got my parents to buy me an astronomy book from Barnes & Noble. When I was a high school student a couple of years ago the “Mass Effect” trilogy gave me a sense of wonder of what might be out there in space but by the time I was entered college a year ago I lost interest. I became more interested in getting a high paying office job that would have been able to give vacations to Disney World every year.
During that time I heard “The Martian” was good but I was hesitant to check it out because my friends were more into superhero movies. I still enjoy those type of movies but astronaut themed movies seem to interest me more nowadays.
I wish I hadn’t gotten so vapid. I wish I would have gotten into engineering instead.
I hear about all the problems we are having with infrastructure and some parts of the space program. The Boeing Starliner fiasco is an embarrassment. I now consider getting into engineering a civic duty. I find it sad that much of society is turned off from math and science.
Could just one show have that much of an impact? I heard some astronauts were inspired by a show called “Star Trek”.
Did you ever knew someone who radically changed as much as me?