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Future Mars Explorers Still in Preschool

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 LAUREL, Del. (WBOC) - By the year 2030, NASA hopes to be able to send humans to Mars. That means some of the first to head to the red planet are probably just learning to tie their shoes.

While their days may consist of playing outside, coloring, even worrying about snack time -- ask any preschooler what they want to be when they grow up and they have a pretty good idea. At Epworth Christian School in Laurel, the children gave varying answers. One little girl said "Elsa" from "Frozen," another has dreams of becoming a veterinarian. One ambitious four-year-old boy even said he would like to be "Batman" or even "Robin."

For those who dream of exploring outer space, like four-year-old Tyler Jefferson, that notion may not be so far-fetched.
"I want to be an astronaut and jump out of an astronaut plane," said Tyler.

NASA's test flight of the Orion Spacecraft this week is just one of the many steps towards the goal of sending humans to Mars by the year 2030.

Who could be those Mars pioneers? Right now, they're probably learning nursery rhymes.
 

Brothers Malachi and Jude Todd are pretty inseparable, but they have different opinions about space travel. Malachi, 5,  said he does not want to go and if he had to, he would cancel the trip! Jude, 4, on the other hand said he would want to. In hearing that, Malachi decided that if his brother traveled to space, he would go.

"It would be like Star Wars!," said Malachi.

The boys are homeschooled by their mom Julia. When asked about her sons' replies about the thought of going to space, she wasn't surprised by their answers.

"They have seen all of the Star Wars cartoons. We're pretty big nerds here, so it doesn't surprise me," said Todd.

To mom though, the thought of her sons being able to travel to Mars in their lifetime, seemed like something out of their imaginations.

"I feel like it's something they (NASA) have been telling us since we were kids. And you know, that just seems like something they keep telling you," said Todd.

Right now, a fleet of robotic spacecraft and rovers are on and around Mars. NASA says they are paving the way for humans to explore the red planet.

"It doesn't seem like a very smart idea, we're not designed to be there because it's not somewhere you're supposed to be," said Todd.

For those children ready to "blast off," that dream may be a little bit closer to reality.


 

 

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