Seven-year-old Dexter wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. So, he did what any proactive kid with an out-of-this-world dream should do: He wrote a letter to his future employer.
In his note to NASA, Dexter lamented the fact he’s too young for a trip to the Red Planet. “Dear NASA,” Dexter wrote. “I heard that you are sending two people to Mars and I would lik [sic] to come but im 7. So I can’t.”
NASA replied to Dexter with a note encouraging him to pursue his space dreams. Enclosed in the package was also more information about Mars, all of which Dexter’s mom posted to Reddit.More data coming soon
According to Press Secretary Lauren Worley, the letter came from NASA’s Office of Public Inquiries, which responds to hundreds of thousands of public inquiries each year on a variety of topics. However, Worley says the team especially enjoys writing back to young aspiring astronauts.
“NASA is working to send humans farther into space than ever before, first to an asteroid and on to Mars,” Worley says. “Perhaps one of these young writers will be among the first astronauts to set foot on another planet.”