“I heard that you are sending 2 people to Mars,” he wrote. “I would like to come but I’m 7. So I can’t. I would like to come in the future,” he continued. “What do I need to do to become an astronaut?”
Dexter’s mom, Katrina Anderson, helped him mail off his letter. She wasn’t expecting he’d get anything back — but to her surprise, Dexter received a package a short time later that sent him over the moon.
Not only did NASA’s Office of Communications write him an encouraging letter, he also received stickers and pictures to help him prepare for his future mission.
“Just think — in a few years you could be one of the pioneers that may help lead the world’s activities for better understanding of our earth and for exploring space,” the letter read.