NASA responds to a seven-year-old's request to go to Mars

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A seven-year-old boy recently asked NASA for advice on how to become an astronaut. And because they're cool that way, the space agency responded in kind.

The aspiring astronaut, a young English lad named Dexter, sent this hand-written request to NASA:

Dear NASA, My name is Dexter I heard that you are sending 2 people to Mars and I would like to come but I’m 7. So I can’t. I would like to come in the future. What do I need to do to become an astronaut?


To which NASA's Office of Communication responded:

Just think – in a few years, you could be one of the pioneers that may help lead the world's activities for better understanding of our earth and for exploring space.


In addition, NASA sent Dexter photographs of Mars, along with a sticker and a bookmark.


TODAY reports:

NASA responds to hundreds of thousands of public inquiries each year on a variety of topics, said spokeswoman Lauren Worley. The agency received about 500 letters asking for more information about becoming an astronaut just last week, she added.

“But we especially enjoy responding to the letters we receive from young aspiring astronauts,” Worley told TODAY Moms in an email.


[TODAY; photos via Imgur]