The Boy That Took Us To Mars
I don’t know about you, but I really find the stories of scientists and astronomers really motivating. They make me understand that everything around me was just a dream and a plan for someone to make it. And it helps me realize, that my dream and my plan can become a reality, if I work with love and dedication. It helps me understand, that I can make my life an interesting story if I work with an enthusiastic commitment to what I love.
It was only some months ago when I realized the importance of studying the life stories of scientists and astronomers.
Have you ever had an idea that you really liked and minutes right after your thought you said to yourself “It’s never gonna happen?”. Have you ever said a dream of yours to someone you love and the reply you got back is that “things like that never happen in real life, stop over-dreaming?” or “Yeah, you can do it if you try” but you feel the hesitation in the tone of their voice?
Well, you are not the only one. Including your dream and mine, everything you see around is made by people that made a plan for a dream they had, even though it sounded crazy. Today though, we are not going to talk about “everyone that made everything”. We are going to talk about the “Father of the Technology of Rockets”
For the past decades, we have been watching missions of scientists sending spacecrafts, rockets, and robots on the Moon and Universe but have we ever thought about how this idea first started, who first had this idea and how they first started working on it?
Either you believe it or not, the idea of the rocket, started by a teenage kid.
In Massachusetts, in the late 1890s, there was a teenage boy reading the book “The war of the worlds” by H.G Wells. Robert Goddard used to sit on a cherry tree reading and making pictures with his mind of humans traveling to the planet this book was narrating about.
One day, there was a festivity in Massachusetts. Music, food, and happy people were everywhere around the town and gardens. A picture of a life we all have in our minds. Robert was playing with his neighbors. You know kids love this kind of game setting rockets on fire and making noise. They laugh a lot because they like the sense of noise and danger. They get excited with the feeling that they are doing something naughty.
Robert got really excited about that game. After the festivity was over and his friends were gone, he took his book and climbed on the cherry tree as always. He started dreaming again about people arriving on the planet Mars and making pictures of a mission like that.
Of course, the pictures he made up in his mind were those of a teenage child living in the late 1890s. No man had ever thought about the radio, no man had ever thought about the airplane. But that evening….BOOM. A teenage boy first thought of the toy rocket as a model of constructing a huge rocket that would take humans to the planet Mars.
Some years after this spark got into his mind, he started working on the plan he had made. No words need to be said of how hard and frustrating his work was. He didn’t even have the courage to tell anyone. Imagine the picture. You have nothing but horses, electricity was at a primitive level and someone was “working” on constructing a huge toy rocket that would take humans on a planet that wasn’t visible in the sky. Get in his shoes.
But Robert overcame all these obstacles. He studied the ruins of all the experiments that failed. He was constantly improving the technics, and he invented new. After many years of models of rockets failing and falling on the ground, Robert Goddart managed to transform this dangerous toy into an interplanetary vehicle.
He knew the level of perception of the people around him. That’s why he never told anyone about his final mission. He found the courage to say it was about humans getting on the Moon, even though his mission was the planet Mars. At least people could see the moon with their eyes, it was something more “practical”.
Eighty years after this teenage boy climbed on the cherry tree and dreamt about a huge toy rocket, Viking 1 landed right on the goal, Chryse Valley, on Mars.
This was a huge successful mission of a brilliant scientist. My mission is much more practical and humble. What I need to do is narrow down and study the steps this young man made for himself and practice them on my notebook.
The successful mission was a combination of:
- The feeling of excitement after the game with rockets.
- The curiosity that was cultivated by reading the book of Wells.
- Making a plan.
- Find all the ways that won’t work.
All the people have been on step 1 and 2. Most of them stop on steps 3 and 4. And this happens for two reasons.
a. It needs a lot of work.
b. People from their environment find this mission impossible. Or they sabotage them by not helping them. For example, helping with the chores, cook them a delicious dinner, telling them they are beautiful and smart. Simple things like that.
What we need to understand is one thing. Whatever is visible in our days, it was once a dream, an idea that survived. Whether it is. The plane, the internet, the computer in your hands, the chair you are sitting on, it was the idea that survived.
Of course, there was someone telling it was impossible for humans to construct a vehicle that flies with a machine like a bird, and of course, there was the question of why do we need it? I am sure all people were laughing with the Wright Brothers out loud like idiots. Of course, the masses laughed with the idea of Alan Turing about the internet. I am sure there were people laughing when they heard that poor man that first thought about a chair.
We have rocks, we don’t need chairs! And if we need the chairs, you don’t have time to make one because you have all these chores and jobs to do.
It sounds funny but it is true. The first artists that refused to work on the fields, used to live out of the town.
What we need to understand is that most people don’t have opinions. They think they have opinions. All they have is a lack of perception and knowledge and the fault is all theirs, today. All the information they need to support their fellow humans is instant and free. They just choose not to choose this way of their personal growth.
Friendly reminder, this has nothing to do with you.
If you have a dream, or your child has a great idea, make your dream a plan to work on, even half an hour per day.
Always remember the cool teenagers that took us to Mars.