In spite of being only 6 years old, Connor Johnson has made huge headlines the past week with his inspirational aspirations to ensure a promising future for NASA. Connor’s goal, as stated on his whitehouse.gov petition, is to increase the funding of NASA so that children will still be able to dream of exploring our universe.
"My whole idea was writing off to the President and then I decided to give my whole piggy bank to NASA."
Connor’s encouraging story has inspired many others as well — 18,091 to be exact at the time of this write-up — to make their voices heard regarding the uncertainty of NASA’s budgetary future. One of those signatures, however, is noteworthy simply because of who signed it.
Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17 — and subsequently the last human being to ever walk on the surface of the moon — personally reached out to Connor Johnson to show his support after hearing his story. Cernan explained to young Connor that he too was once a little boy who wanted so dearly to become an astronaut, and that with a dream and hard work, anything is possible.
For Connor’s petition to receive a response from the White House, it needs a minimum of 100,000 signatures by December 29th, 2013. Science funding will be the future of our country’s economical future. However, we must not forget about the inspirational effects NASA has had since 1958. With proper funding, this agency will continue to inspire future generations to reach for the stars.