Summary of February 6, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Featured Speaker: Brett Hoffstadt – Creating a better space exploration future through children’s books

Follow Up Items from Discussion:

To connect with Brett Hoffstadt, the featured speaker from the meeting, and to stay connected with his projects, visit

Inspiration4 will be sending 4 people on a SpaceX Dragon as early as November of this year. One of those seats will go to someone that donates to St. Judes in February 2021. For more information, checkout

The Science & Engineering Fair of Houston is having their annual event this month and is looking for judges. You only need to have a bachelor’s to be eligible to judge. For more information checkout:

Mars Rover Celebration is an exciting educational opportunity for students to gain valuable hands-on experience building a mock-up Mars Rover. It is a memorable experience that may inspire a future space explorer! This project builds on classroom learning, putting students’ enthusiasm and inventiveness to work in conjunction with teachers’ lesson plans: either in the classroom, home schooling, or through community organizations such as the Scouts. Elementary (Grades 3-5) and middle school (Grades 6-8) students interested in science and engineering will participate in the design and construction of a model of a Mars Rover to carry out a specific science mission on the surface of Mars. They need judges also. Find out more at

Space Settlement Entrepreneur Competition: Develop a private space company decades into the future! for High-school and Undergraduate-college students  is an online (virtual) competition for high-school and undergraduate-college students, interested in the future of space technology and entrepreneurship. Over the course of this 3-5 day online competition. March 25, 2021 – March 28, 2021:

Space Settlement Design Competitions:

Texas Science Festival February 16-March 26, 2021. Free and open to science enthusiasts everywhere, the Texas Science Festival is a celebration of discovery and learning. Register now and interact with leading experts from across the sciences, hear about the latest innovations and enjoy virtual events with the whole family.

“Quartered Priced Books” is a place to pick up vintage space books:

Details about Brett’s Presentation

TOPIC: Creating a better space exploration future through children’s books
PRESENTER: Brett Hoffstadt

A topic of continuous concern and discussion in the aerospace field is the workforce or “STEM” pipeline. How to attract, recruit, retain, and foster the people with potential to help us reach our fullest potential in the universe? (Can we fulfill our destiny as an interplanetary species?)

Throughout his 20+ year career in the aerospace and engineering industries, Brett Hoffstadt has contributed his time and energies to many efforts to bring people into the aerospace community through mentoring, educational outreach, and career development initiatives.

In 2014, he wrote and self-published his first book, How To Be a Rocket Scientist, which is geared toward high school-age students. More recently, he has concluded that the sooner we engage and inspire people to pursue a career in space exploration, the better off we will be as a species. Recall how the Apollo program and moon landing motivated an entire generation of kids to follow in the “footsteps” of the moon walkers by pursuing a career in aerospace fields.

He is now focused on publishing puzzle and activity books for preschool and grade school-age children on space exploration and related STEM themes. To reach children even earlier, he is currently producing a space-age spin-off of the classic book Goodnight Moon which is called Goodnight Moon Base. In this talk, Brett will share examples of his publications and invite discussion, suggestions, and feedback for how this strategy might promote space exploration efforts further.


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The children’s classic bedtime book “Goodnight Moon” is getting a space-age update. Let’s inspire children to go TO the moon! Get a preview here:

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.


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