7-Year Old Sends Letter To NASA Expressing His Desire To Go To Mars, Actually Receives A Response

July 17, 2013


7-year old Dexter wants to go to Mars. So what did he do? BUILT A ROCKETSHIP. Just kidding, he sent a letter to NASA in handwriting that looks like mine telling them he wants to go to Mars, but understands he can't right now because he's 7, and asked what he could do to be an astronaut in the future. And NASA, being the kind-hearted space cadets that they are, wrote him back outlining a number of generic things he could do to help prepare himself, which surprisingly didn't include a MANDATORY trip to Space Camp every year. Because I went to Space Camp when I was a kid, and I felt like I was ready to leave for Mars after the very first day. Or back home, I was just tired of being picked on.

Hit the jump for a copy of NASA's response, as well as some of the pictures and stickers they sent Dexter.






  • Kelly Flick

    I hate to say it, but this is obviously an auto generated response. There is nothing personal in this letter even hinting that they might have actually read the letter. Nasa probably gets thousands of letters a day like this, and they have now made an auto response which they print out and send back. This is made more clear by the lack of a signature. Sad, but true.

  • Turbosloth

    I don't think they let serial killers into space, bud.

  • Robin Manford

    Slow news day, GW?

    It's clearly a standardised letter, as it talks about things Dexter didn't even mention.

    I wrote to NASA about the shuttle when I was about 15, and got a fucktonne of really cool stuff back from them, and I'm sure it happens several times a week.

    So yeah, nice for Dexter, hope he does well, but this isn't newsworthy.

  • kevin

    Was that bucket of water getting too heavy for you or did you really just feel like raining on everyone's parade today?

  • Robin Manford

    The second one. :-)

  • Shawn Bibby

    Im happy

  • MarkHenrysPopcornChicken

    This is pretty heartwarming.
    You go NASA!

  • David Bruno

    That's super cool! Shoot for the stars, Dexter. :)

  • Tyler AitchKay

    20 years from now, we'll see this kid get sent into space.

  • nightvisiongoggles

    Unless he grows up making comments on the internet like that guy a few steps above.

  • Shanghai Gesture

    cursive writing is dead

  • Reece_C

    He's 7...as is first maybe 2nd grade...

  • Hamish_Henderson

    Ah, that is astronaut.

  • Hamish_Henderson

    It's nice to know that there are cool people who work at NASA. Writing to Dexter took a couple of minutes, but it made a lot of NASA friends, me included. I think it would be absolultely amazing if Dexter can become an austronaut when he grows up. What a story that would make.

  • Kevin

    That's good PR, and a great way to make a kid feel like a million bucks. We need more companies like NASA!

  • jay h

    AWWW he gets an autographed picture of Johnny 5 too!!! Lucky!

  • Beanhimself

    Man that kid can draw a nice penis.

  • nightvisiongoggles

    With wings, too

  • obriencj

    Remember doing these back in fourth grade! It was an exercise in letter writing, and after a few weeks it got you a sweet envelope of swag.

  • Closet Nerd

    Dear NASA,
    Have you ever smelled Uranus?
    If so, you need to wipe better next time!

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