R.D. (Rick) Boozer is an astrophysics researcher, public speaker and author. He has a Master of Astronomy degree in astrophysics with high distinction and was awarded the University Medal “for outstanding academic achievement at the Master’s level”. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in astrophysics doing cutting-edge research into the physics of H II regions. From childhood he has been an enthusiast for all things related to space travel. He strives to popularize ideas which will insure that the United States be the number one spacefaring nation of the 21st Century and that will help further NASA towards exceeding its human spaceflight achievements of the Apollo era. He runs the science education websites Astro Maven Blog and Singularity Scientific as a public service.