SEDS-Saving Space Exploration
Space exploration was once a fascinating part of human culture. Back in the 60’s, when getting to the moon was a top priority, and exploring the features of other planets interested people, the space program had the momentum to pull off bigger and better things. To explore stars not even in our galaxy and even possibly pull off the feat of discovering extraterrestrial life was something people only dreamed about. Once being only in the imagination, space travel is a reality.
Nowadays, many people have lost interest in the space program. With people’s interests in space exploration dwindling, as well as internal problems with the NASA program, funding has been cut short, and continued development in space exploration has been stunted.
SEDS, which stands for Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, is one of the programs that is trying to bring the space program back to the prestige it held in the 60’s and is also attempting to regenerate public interest in space exploration.
SEDS was founded in 1980 at MIT and Princeton and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from different educational backgrounds who are to promote the development and exploration of space as a whole (www.SEDS.org).
One of the unique aspects about the organization is its dedication to being a youth-oriented organization. On the organization’s main website, the SEDS mission statement says SEDS supports a network of students across many of the nation’s top colleges. The mission statement also says the organization encourages young people who are interested in space to become a member of their organization. The SEDS mission statement also states by becoming a member one can develop leadership skills. Using leadership developing skills as an advantage to becoming a member is an obvious attempt to attract young people interested in being successful in their lives. Leadership skills can be an essential element in being successful in life, and most likely, older individuals already have leadership skills. The mission statement concludes itself by saying SEDS believes that focusing on the enthusiasm of young people is the key to the future of space.
Focusing on young people for an organization is a good approach, especially when the goal of the organization is to revive something. Focusing on older individuals would not help the future of space exploration. An organization has to relate to the younger individuals because those are the people who are the future of our country. Also on the main website, under the heading “What Do SEDS Members Do?” it states the members of SEDS are people interested in doing as much as they can to promote space exploration and development. The site also says SEDS believes their organization provides an excellent environment in which to obtain access to many sources of information. The sources of information come in a variety forms like...