Like many of you I have been amazed by the recent landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity. To safely land a vehicle the size of a small car on another planet is quite a feat.
Traveling to Mars is extremely difficult. Just over half of the attempts fail because there are a lot of opportunities for failure. Rockets can fail on launch, guidance systems can put you off course sending you out into space. And if you get into orbit, you still have to land. If you fail to land, it may be years before you get another chance to launch another probe to Mars.
There are a lot of innovations that go into landing a vehicle on Mars. But the amazing part of this whole process is when the scientists do meet with a perceived failure, they just keep going. Edison said, “I never quit until I get what I’m after. Negative results are just what I’m after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results.”
Perseverance is one of the keys to innovation. Edison gave great encouragement when he said, “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Keep working on your innovation. You can reach your innovation one day, even if it takes 36 million miles* to get there.
*36 million miles is the closest the Earth and Mars ever get, they can be as far apart as 250 million miles.