I wrote a lot during London 2012 Olympics about, er, the Olympics, but did not completely lose track of everything else. In this article I want to turn my curiosity to the turning of Curiosity on Mars…
NASA released a photo at a press conference of the rover making its’ first movements.
It’s a fairly simple image, but let’s think about it for a moment – that rover is not being controlled at the end of the road, or the other side of the country, or even the other side of the world – it’s on Mars!
The scientists are jumping up and down with unbridled joy at how it’s all going so far (it always makes me smile to see scientists when they are at that end of the happy scale!)
Even getting a successful landing on Mars is a feat to be marvelled at, but to then be able to send controls to the craft almost beggars belief at the science involved.
Think of all the failures that have led to this success, because science is all about failure! Someone comes up with a theory, and then other scientists set out to prove it is wrong.
If they do indeed prove it is wrong, then the theory moves forwards to other options, but when it can’t be proved wrong, then that’s a scientific breakthrough.
I read a quote recently from the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”
There could be an argument put against that, because science is proved and tested based on fundamental beliefs which have been shifted in the past, and may be again, but the premise does have logic behind it – if you can repeatedly prove a theory in a controlled environment, then it’s true.
When I grew up (and remember I was only 3 when man first landed on the moon), I used to dream that Mars was made of chocolate. Even when I was watching the press conference and heard the scientists talk of layers they saw in rocks, I was thinking to myself ‘could it be chocolate?’
The mission is still at an early stage, things could go wrong. The signal with Curiosity could be lost in an instant and that would be that, back to the drawing board, but so far all those hours over all those years at various drawing boards seem to be bearing fruit.
I love the fact that scientists, all over the world, are following their passion to break new ground, to push ever forwards. I often write that most goals you can think of have already been achieved by others, so you don’t have to be this ground breaking and it’s a point well worth revisiting today.
Look again at the first movements of Curiosity on Mars. They may not discover chocolate, although I’m still holding out hope. Think though, of the sheer scale of difficulty involved in that project, and ask yourself if it makes your own goal seem that bit easier to achieve?
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