THIS is the attitude that got us into space the first time around!

SpaceX, a private company with its sights set on rocketing into orbit, is talking about the failure of it’s latest rocket, the Falcon 3. My favorite part is the can-do attitude of the CEO, Elon Musk, about the next attempts:

Optimism, pessimism, f**k that; we’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.

And also,

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

I need to remember that while I’m field testing our small-scale telescopes!

3 comments for “THIS is the attitude that got us into space the first time around!

  1. Rich
    August 7, 2008 at 13:43

    Absolutely! Unfortunately, NASA doesn’t seem to have it any more. My wife and I went to the Kennedy Space Center last year, and one of the things we saw was a show about manned space flight.

    It was awful – just awful. The entire latter half of the movie was essentially “Hey, look at the wonderful stuff we *used* to do.” Nothing about the wonderful stuff they’re doing now. Nothing inspirational to the kids who were the target of the show. No “We solved the hard problems of the past, and we can solve the hard problems we have now.” Honestly, the tone seemed to be essentially whining. *WE* know that interesting and useful stuff is being done in the space program, but for Joe Average who doesn’t have the same level of interest, it would sound like the glory days are gone, never to return.

    The two of us walked out of it so disgusted that we’re not likely to go back anytime soon.

  2. Nicole
    August 7, 2008 at 13:55

    I have to point out that I have generation envy. I wish I had been around to see the Moon landings! It makes me all teary-eyed when I watch the video still.

    That’s really sad about the current outreach :-(

  3. bionicatheist
    August 7, 2008 at 14:44

    You are exactly right. This is exactly the kind of attitude that I admire in the human race although we do much to diminish that admiration. :) It’s like we got to Luna and then ran out of gas. People forgot that space travel is risky and it is worth the risk to get our lazy asses off this planet. They don’t want to risk astronauts and money when that’s exactly what we need. I have to say that I am in whole hearted support of what this man is saying.

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