The first future human mission to Mars and those that follow will require the ingenuity and dedication of an entire generation. It’s a journey worth the risks. We take the next step on that journey this Thursday, Dec. 4, with the uncrewed, first flight test of Orion.
Testing these capabilities now will help ensure that Orion will be the next generation spacecraft for missions in the 2020s that will put Mars within the reach of astronauts in the 2030s.
“NASA’s Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars”, NASA
I once dreamt of becoming an Astronaut, as most children do, but I went on to get my undergraduate degree in engineering and desperately tried to get into an internship with NASA while in school. I held fast to that dream until I was a sophomore, at which time I fell in love with technology support and the woman who would be become my wife.
Nevertheless, reading something like NASA’s post rekindles those not-so-forgotten desires and all I can think now is, “I would have been the perfect age for that mission.”
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard