Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SpaceX: Putting the 'Cool' Back into Space Exploration

Ever since I found out about it, SpaceX has been my favorite company and Elon Musk, my role model. Musk has done many cool things that I admire, for instance, starting up PayPal. He's also the CEO of Tesla Motors, a car company that's leading the way in 100% electric cars.  But it's really SpaceX that I'm going to focus on in this article, specifically, SpaceX's new space suit design.

I'm pretty sure that Elon is really working to make space travel hip and cool again. During the '60s, space travel was pretty popular because of JFK announcing that, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." It was also a competition to beat out Russians to show that our nation was greater. Since then, though, the interest in space travel has slowly declined. Although it isn't the most accurate, Google Trends shows a 65 point decline in searches for "space travel" from 2004 to now. A lot of high schoolers don't even know that we have a space station orbiting the Earth.

I believe that Elon Musk is working to change this and bring back enthusiasm for space travel. One way he seems to be working towards this goal is by getting a super hero costume designer. The costume designer he's hired is Jose Fernandez, a designer that's worked on the '90s Batman movies, Daredevil, Alice in Wonderland, and Thor, to name a few. You can find Fernandez's resume on IMBD here: .

I really think that having super hero themed suits is a great plan, since astronauts are pretty much super heroes. The rigorous training and preparation they have to go through is something that the average person would be incapable of. Super space suits will also appeal to the younger, nerdy audience. And since the younger generation will slowly have more an more influence over the happenings in this country, appealing to them and their fantasies is sure to make space travel cool again. It also probably helps that Elon Musk has made appearances in popular movies, such as Iron Man and Machete Kills.

I'm excited and hopeful for the future and Elon Musk makes the future look bright.

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