NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman explains why SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants everything to "look cool." Although looking cool might not have anything to do with the functionality of things, especially in aerospace, it actually does have a positive impact on the industry itself!
NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman Explains Why Looking Cool is Beneficial
Garrett Reisman, whose Twitter description notes just a typical kid who grew up in New Jersey and really studied hard and was able to get good grades and, well, somehow became a NASA astronaut, tweeted out a statement explaining why Elon Musk wants everything to look cool. The statement explained the importance of the space industry being attractive to everyone.
According to the tweet, when Garrett Reisman started over at SpaceX, Elon Musk actually insisted that everything should look cool. As an engineer, however, Garrett Reisman noted that he did not actually care how they would look as long as everything would work.
Making Space Attractive
Reisman then noted that what he did not actually grasp during that time was that Elon Musk just really wanted to get the whole world really excited about flying in space! He noted that this won't happen if everything doesn't work great as well as "look cool too!" Elon Musk then replied "absolutely" confirming the statement.
The concept is basically that although space can be beneficial for humanity, in order for it to get the support of the majority, it has to look attractive to the majority as well. Although it wasn't really specified how they were supposed to "look cool," as seen in the pictures posted by Reisman, this could also mean "look fun."
High School Teacher Confirms
The discussion continued in a thread and the importance of space being attractive was stretched. A high school teacher Clint Thomsen joined in the discussion on the Twitter thread giving an interesting insight as to why aerospace needs to be attractive.
Thomsen then noted that as a high school teacher, Thomsen is able to confirm that the aesthetics are very vital when in play. In particular, it's the whole sleek look as well as the launch websites that Thompsen says gets the students very excited to learn the teacher's material (Linux) and even work in the aerospace field.
Increase in Popularity for Space Tourism
The teacher then noted that there was an attempt to get the students interested in Boeing and ULA for the sake of diversity but somehow, it just didn't really spark the students quite like SpaceX does. Forbes notes that an interest in Space Tourism is now booming as more and more people are looking to space as not just "science" but something they are now finding more interesting.
Although aerospace is extremely reliant on engineering in general, Elon Musk's point is that aerospace should also be interesting for the general public as well. NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman seems to agree with this particular point as well.
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Written by Urian B.