Sitting at the table with me during dinner was Dr. William Borucki, leader of the Kepler mission from NASA Ames. Kepler has been trying to find other planets in the universe and has been spectacularly successful. Its the first step in finding out if there's someone else out there. Dr. Borucki won the WTN award that night but was still incredibly modest about his role in such a ground-breaking endeavor. NASA's role in inspiring generations of engineers and scientists is an important one - let's hope that they can continue to do that even in the face of hard economic times.