Tonight I met the man with the coolest job title in the universe…Space Shuttle Pilot! I spent the evening at Birmingham University at an event organised by Pint of Science. It was three hours but the time went so fast it felt more like three minutes.
There was a brief talk by two professors, one talking about the search for exoplanets and the other talking about her research into antimatter. And then there was a longer talk / Q&A session by Tony Antonelli – he of the cool job title – and we were entertained and amazed in equal measure. It was lovely to see such a mix of ages in the auditorium, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
The wisest words of the evening though came from one of the hosts, who said, “Remember – this man wasn’t born an astronaut.” I think that’s such an important message for our children. No-one is born anything. If you have a dream, and you work hard and you make good choices you can achieve great things.
If the Pint of Science Astronomy Tour is heading your way, I definitely recommend that you go.