Through the mirror: Technological progress is changing the expectations of today's youth. Is it possible that children in the Western world are less interested in space just because we were there?
It's been fifty years since NASA launched Apollo 11, the space flight that – days later – landed the first humans on the Moon and effectively ended the space race. The historic occasion has inspired a generation of young people to be astronauts, but is this dream alive, half a century later, yet? They want to be when they grow up. In the presentation of five possible occupations, most children in the UK and US said they wanted to be vloggers / creators (30 percent in the UK and 29 percent in the US). By comparison, only 1
Earlier, only 11 percent of UK and US children thought they wanted to become astronauts in adulthood. In China, 56 percent of children said they wanted to become an astronaut.
96 percent of children in China believe that humans will live in space or on another planet, and 95 percent are willing to go themselves. In the UK only 62 percent believe that we will leave the earth, and only 63 percent were ready. In the US, this is 66 percent and 68 percent, respectively.
Imprint: Adorable little boy, disguised as an astronaut by Tomsickova Tatyana