NASA is planning to send a human crew to Mars in the 2030s. That means the first person to set foot on the red planet is already alive. But beyond the International Space Station, our manned missions to space have fallen off. How can we inspire the next generation to look to the stars?
Many of us grew up thinking Word Munchers or Blues Clues were the height of interactive, educational technology. Well, instead of "dying from dysentery" along the Oregon Trail, today's kids will get to simulate walking on Mars with a little help from virtual reality — and plant the seeds for future careers in STEM at the same time. Matt Damon, eat your heart out.