Douglas became interested in space the moment he saw Star Wars when he was 8 years old. Currently 33 years old, his passion for space remains as strong as ever. He graduated high school in 1994 and immediately joined the Navy, following his father's foot steps. He left the Navy in 1998, and several years later, in 2003, he returned to school to refocus his career ambitions to space exploration and development. Douglas received his degree in Engineering Technology (Space Systems) in December of 2007. Immediately after graduation he moved to Houston, TX. to start his career. Currently Douglas is a Systems Engineer working with the Shuttle Payload Manifest. Douglas also manages a Blog (http://thespaceadvocate.blogspot.com/) where he discusses current news and stories as they pertain to space, science and technology."I am coming from the point of view of a man who desperately wants to see human expansion into space on a more permanent basis. I want my daughter to grow up in a country where going to space is not reserved for a select few, but an opportunity for many to undertake."