The New Worlds Space Settlement Symposium in Austin, Texas, earlier this month proved inspiring, educational, and fun. The students get a lot of credit for all of that. In addition to the usual gaggle of grown-ups one finds at any space conference, there were 501 kids, all of whom played a role in designing their Cities in Space. I spoke with several groups, and they really impressed me with their issue spotting and research. The group in the photo was wildly articulate and well-informed on their plans for citizen selection, oxygen generation, agriculture, and environment. I learned a lot.
Just as important, it was thrilling to see the people of the future looking forward to the future! You were all awesome.