“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Elon Musk started his company Space X because he knew it would be too expensive using current rocket science technology to send people to Mars. I just finished Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition, a biography of Elon Musk's work on early versions of PayPal and Mapquest, and his current companies, Tesla, and of course, Space X. It detailed the hard work he and his engineers had to put in to successfully build their own rockets, the first of which were more like to fail than fly, leaving a roomful of dejected scientists observing from mission control. On Tuesday, February 6th, Elon Musk's Space X company launched their Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. This rocket has 27 of the Falcon engines designed by Space X and built here in America. It passed its test launch with flying colors, leaving its payload, a cherry red Tesla Roadster with video feed out to orbit the sun. It was amazing to hear the cheers of all of the engineers watching the launch who, despite failing over and over again, didn't give up on their goals and were ultimately rewarded with success.