My family and I watched the landing from about 2:00PM on. This was a very exciting and amazing accomplishment. NASA has really shown what American Ingenuity, helicopter and all, can do if we set our collective efforts towards a common and grand goal.
The thing about these grand achievements I always ask myself though is: “Why don’t we spend the same energy and effort to solve other grand challenges here at home?” I don’t mean to replace the NASA missions because I support them wholeheartedly, but we have some pretty big challenges here at home that a National Mindset should work on. Just to name a few: Global Warming, World Hunger, Polutions of all kinds, Deforestation, Clean Energy and Poverty. I know I sound like a bleeding heart liberal and I’m not I assure you, I just want to leave the planet better than when I came into the world and right now it doesn’t look like this is going to happen.
I believe America, and to some extent the entire world, has the ability and skills to solve these problems as long as we collaborate and work towards a common goal unabated by petty differences, politics and greed.
Yeah, I know, how unrealistic can I be, but the Perservence mission and all of the space exploration missions before it tell me we can accomplish anything we as a nation put our mind to solving.
I believe we have the technology and the intelligence just not the National Desire to do it. I wish we did.
Soapbox off. I’m NOT trying to DIMINISH anything NASA has done. It was spectacular.