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Hi there! I'm currently a high-school sophomore who has a interest in space and space flight, so I naturally have a few questions!

  • Although I acknowledge it is highly unrealistic, if I wanted to become a astronaut, what types of things would I have to study in college to have a chance? Would a background in engineering be beneficial (this is what I plan to do anyway. Aerospace engineering to be exact)?

  • Also, in the a few weeks, I am giving a persuasive speech in my English class having to do with manned spaceflight. And there's no better person to ask than an astronaut! What do you think the single, most beneficial aspect of spaceflight is?

That's all I have! Keep on being awesome, and know that you are doing what many of us dream of!

fireballs6199 karma

Hey guys,

First, I'd like to get the usual "I'm a big fan of your work" out of the way. I discovered your podcasts on a trip to Michigan a few years back when there were still only about 100 episodes, and I've been a fan since. Keep up the good work!

You two seem pretty interesting, so I'll ask a few questions, answer any or all or none:

  1. Which are each of your guys' favorite books (if you had to choose)?

  2. Which episode do you think was your best, and which would you like to revisit at some point?

  3. Who would win in a fight between you two?

  4. What is the process of researching a topic like? How prepared are you all going into a podcast? Have there been times where you scrap a topic because its just not going well?

fireballs6191 karma

I have a friend who insists that wearing glasses is actually bad for you in the long run. I'm not sure what his reasoning is, but are there any instances where this is true?

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Thanks for the replies!

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I too have wondered how Einstein would have responded - I'm sure however he did, it would be thoughtful and penetrating! It's fun to think about.

I am somewhat surprised to hear that you think the question is now treated as significant, but admittedly I am quite young in the field and so don't have much to compare too. I will say that pedagogically this stuff is almost never covered in quantum classes (perhaps understandably so, considering the sheer amount of material needed to be covered), but I can't help feel it's a missed opportunity to not introduce students to such questions early on.

Finally, your book definitely sounds interesting and I hope to check it out when it's done.

Thanks for taking the time to answer!