This has been going around; but I do remember how I dreamed of being an astronaut. And while I didn't become one, I was greatly influenced in my career choices, for the positive, by the space program in the 60's. These youtube videos are some of the best about capturing why this was all important. Thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Watch and pass it along.
p.s. He has a new book out and the sequel to Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' is coming out in 2013 on major network TV.