By Lia N. Poteet
Danielle Wood grew up in Florida's "Space Coast," where her mother, a schoolteacher, would stop classes and take them outside to watch rocket launches at nearby Cape Canaveral.
Now she's leading the way in bringing space technology down to Earth.
Wood is the founder of Space Enabled, a research group at MIT Media Lab in Boston, Massachusetts. Its goal is to make it easier and more affordable for people around the world to make use of space-enabled technology and data. Wood said, "Even if data is free, the technology and education to interpret it is not."