Do you remember when you were a kid and asked "What do you want to be when you grow up" what your answer was?

Initially I think I wanted to be a scuba diver, because being Superman was already taken.

A new poll asked kids between eight and 12 years old ...

What they would like to be when they grow up, about 3 in 10 American and British children replied that they wanted to be YouTubers or Vloggers—careers making videos on the Internet for fame and fortune. Lesser preferences included becoming a teacher, professional athlete, or musician. Becoming an astronaut ranked last, at 11%.

In China children did have a clear preference for being an astronaut—or rather, a taikonaut. Children in China were also much more interested in exploring space and were much more optimistic about human settlement of space in the future..

Ultimately, the real answer for inspiring American youth and nurturing an interest in space may require NASA astronauts to actually return to deep space again for the first time in 50 years. That may—or may not—happen any time soon.

(Ars Technica)


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