I remember when my entire school took pause from the regular schedule to watch the first Space Shuttle launch. Inspired by the philosophy that we can transcend world politics in the pursuit of exploration and making the world a better place, I have worked in the space industry since graduating college nearly 20 years ago. I’ve helped build satellites that expand our understanding of climate change,  worked on the only U.S. autonomous satellite re-servicing mission, and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, the successor to the Hubble telescope, NASA’s top science mission).