• Question: do you want to go to the moon?

    Asked by curie to Josh, Serena, Simone, Stuart on 26 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Simone Sturniolo

      Simone Sturniolo answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      Yeah, that would be great! I think I would take the risks and inconveniences that come with space travel in exchange for the chance of a trip to the moon. It would be a great experience, and one which would teach me a great deal!
      In general, however, what I’d really like would be if we were to discover some way to travel to different star systems than ours during my lifetime. It’s very sci-fi sounding and more of a dream than a realistic possibility (though if we were to discover new physics it could turn out it’s not so impossible after all), but that would allow us to see first hand truly “alien” planets. I don’t even mind if I can’t personally go there – just knowing about them and getting data and pictures from them would be incredibly exciting!

    • Photo: Serena Corr

      Serena Corr answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      I would *love* to! Anything about space travel, I find really fascinating. When I was in school, I used to run an astronomy club, where we talked about which planets we could see in the sky at that time, or if there was any comets visible. I would often spend lots of time in my parents back garden, trying to make out all the constellations.

      When I was in university, I joined the astronomy club there too and helped to run some events. Once, I invited an astronaut from NASA to visit our university to give a talk about what it was like to train for space travel. He hadn’t been into space at that point, but was getting ready to go. It was very exciting to get to spend time with a real-life astronaut!!

    • Photo: Josh Makepeace

      Josh Makepeace answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      The moon would be an incredible place to visit! To be honest, I’d be happy just to get into orbit around the Earth. Imagine being able to see entire countries at once, to get that amazing perspective on our planet and our place in the Universe. I’m sure it would be a life-changing experience.