4-Year-Old Asks NASA for Homework Help, Gets Awesome Response
byKaitlin StanfordMar 03, 2014
Recently, 4-year-old Lucas Whiteley from Yorkshire, England, found himself stumped on some particularly big questions about the solar system. Namely, how many stars are out there? And how many countries have landed on the moon so far? And last but not least, are there any animals up there?
Instead of heading to Google, this clever little tyke decided to go right to the experts. With the help of his dad, Lucas reached out to NASA by posting a short video to the organization's Web site outlining his questions. And to his shock, he heard back.
In an email to the Sunny Hill Primary student, NASA space agency engineer Ted Garbeff responded with a video of his own. Watch as he runs through all three of Lucas's questions (and teaches us all a thing or two):
Lucas isn't the only one psyched to get a response from NASA. His dad James can't believe it, either.
"When I was a kid I wrote to NASA and got a brochure," he explains to U.K.'s The Telegraph. "So when Lucas was doing a project on space I thought we might be lucky if we sent a video of Lucas asking some questions. What we got back was amazing. Obviously Ted has thought about his audience and gone through a lot of trouble just for them.
“When I sat down to watch it with Lucas he had a big smile on his face," James Whitely said. "Ted is a fantastic bloke to go out of his way to do something for someone he doesn't know on the other side of the world.”
It's safe to say Lucas will be the coolest kid in kindergarten for awhile.