This. What an astonishing achievement and one we should continue to support and build upon.

It’s a little strange when you think about it: Just about every American ninth-grader has never lived a moment without astronauts soaring overhead, living in space. But chances are, most ninth-graders don’t know the name of a single active astronaut—many don’t even know that Americans are up there. We’ve got a permanent space colony, inaugurated a year before the setting of the iconic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a stunning achievement, and it’s completely ignored.

via 5,200 Days in Space – The Atlantic.

Helpful hint: a ninth-grader is 14 or 15 years old.