The Bridge: Z-llennials are having their very own “Man on the Moon Moment”, with their eyes on the stars (in more ways than one!)
As Above, So Below
The James Webb Telescope has recently released some breathtaking images of our known universe, sparking a new fascination in space travel for an entire generation. You may remember where you were, down to the moment, on July 20th, 1969 – when Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Today, a picture can convey a lot more (they’re worth a thousand words, after all). Younger generations of intrepid explorers are scanning the telescope photos, and the stars above, with equal intensity.
The Sky’s (Not) the Limit
Naturally, a lot of kids are interested in developments within the world of space and technology. There is sure to be a surge of fascination in the final frontier now that it’s accessible to anyone with an internet connection, mirroring the uptick in space program interest following the Apollo missions. By some estimates, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field is the most attractive to Gen-Z, and it’s being reported that there are newly discovered, habitable planets that are just begging to be explored. For example: there’s a system only 39 lightyears away that has 3 potentially hospitable planets in it – that’s practically next door!
…okay, maybe not quite next door. But with the exponential growth in tech and interest in interstellar travel, who knows? The sky is no longer a limit!
It might not be long before we’re tackling space on a grander scale, and it’s our kids that are headed out there. We’re witnessing the beginning of a new brand new era – and the stars are a much-needed beacon in the darkness.