You Might Die on Mars
In 1961 we said we'd go. In 1969 we went. Then returned a few times.
In late 1972 we went back one last time. Then nothing. Nada.
Interestingly, the 60's were humanity's most successful years in terms of conquering the skies, and space.
Besides going to the Moon, two other fascinating projects took place. The Concorde and the Blackbird, also called SR-71.
Everyone knows the Concorde, yet it is fascinating every time. It was a bold claim to move mankind forward. Fast forward. Or forward fast.
It wasn't just about flying an exclusive club of rich people over the Atlantic in less than 3 hours. It was saying we're going to be better and faster and always improve. Always. Us, the human race. It was saying we'd be insatiable for progress. Forever.
The Blackbird is less known. It is the most fascinating American military plane ever built. It beat all the records, and still holds them. It flew from London to New York in less than 2 hours. It's record speed was 3529 km/h, reached in 1976. The friction made the plane heat so much it expanded by over 30 centimeters at cruising speed, which was over 3000 km/h. During take-off it was leaking fuel. That expansion plugged the holes. Being a spy plane, it had no weapons, not even for defense. Speed would take care of that.
It was retired in 1999. Google can tell you more about it.
The Concorde's last flight was in 2003.
The third millennium didn't start off as one of progress. It has been plagued by war, terror and crisis's.
Today, Boeing announced it would beat SpaceX to Mars.
I marveled as I watched Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX) announce last week that they'd put humans on Mars within 10 years.
I never thought anyone was going to help them so much.
Now maybe -only maybe- this may work. Because it is always about competition.
Americans didn't choose to go to the moon. The Russians sent them there.
The Internet wasn't invented for consumers. It was invented to beat the Russians.
iPhones don't get better every year for you. Matter-of-fact, Apple doesn't care about you. Apple cares about Samsung. And Huawei. And LG. And Google. All of them. It cares about being better than them. Then maybe, only maybe, you will buy one.
I don't care about Boeing.
But I'm thankful.
I'll be able to die on Mars.