Are You a Space Nerd?
The New Cool of Being a Space Nerd
First, computer entrepreneurs became
billionaires. It was a great day for geeks when the founder of
Microsoft, a fellow geek, began making more money than the
highest paid athletes. Many of these computer gurus became as
well known as rock stars. Then, "Napolean Dynamite" hit the big
screen and gave nerdiness a cool that not even the "Revenge of
the Nerds" movies could.
Years before the personal computer revolution
brought the "magic box" into everyone's home, there were other
signs that a person was a nerd; they were smart, they played in
the band, they were into "ham" radio, they liked science,
Now, some of today's techie nerds are turning
their attention to space.
Maybe that's why being a space nerd is cool
now, as well.
It is a special time we are living in for space
nerds. We're sending probes out into the universe and exploring
Mars, looking for life and finding evidence of water, at least.
Astronauts are again being thought of as daring adventurers
rather than routine work-a-day technicians. Every day brings us
closer to the privatization of space exploration and the
possibility of normal people traveling to space. And, scientists
have just discovered a previously unknown planet in our own
solar system. It's a great time to be a space nerd.