Kathleen Toerpe, PhD is a social and cultural historian who researches the human dimension of outer space through an emerging field called astrosociology. She is the Deputy CEO for Public Outreach and Education with the Astrosociology Re- search Institute, volunteers as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and is active with the 100 Year Starship effort to lay the groundwork for future interstellar travel. She teaches social sciences at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She can be found on Twitter at @ktoerpe.
Imagine yourself discovering another Earth. Or identifying an unknown underwater species. Helping the blind to see. Finding a cure for cancer. Proving the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent life. Such visions motivate hundreds of thousands of ordinary people—of all ages, from around the world and all walks of life—to participate in the phenomenon known as citizen […]