That said, my daughter got to meet her at ASU at a special spend the day with her kind of thing. I think she was about 9.
A big part of astronauts' lives are serving as "ambassadors" or mentors for the younger generations. Just meeting someone like that can change a kid's trajectory.
I was lucky enough to have had a 5 minute conversation with Alan Shepard a few months after his moonwalk... it was like getting injected with some sort of drug designed to make me more interested in science.
There has been speculation diet pop with asparatame is an issue. Researchers are finding people who drank a lot of diet soda's are coming down with PC at higher levels.