The power of creative constraints - Brandon Rodriguez
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A few decades after the Apollo missions, we began sending missions to Mars. While the moon is roughly 240,000 miles from Earth, Mars is on average 33,900,000 miles away--over 140 times further than we’ve ever sent astronauts. Yet each year technology gets more and more advanced. First, we sent robots to Mars, such as the Viking landers. These sent us high resolution photos with details about the planet's surface that helped us design more complex machines to be sent in the future. These included the Mars Pathfinder and Curiosity rovers, the latter of which is still driving and performing analysis of Martian rocks. With each new mission, a new feat is accomplished. Even now, NASA is constructing the next rover to Mars, targeting a 2020 launch, which will begin the Mars Sample Return program: a series of missions where NASA will collect Martian rock samples and launch them back to Earth for analysis
What was unthinkable yesterday may be possible tomorrow. As we advance science and engineering via new and innovative thinking, we change the boundaries of what can and can’t be done. It just takes creative thinkers, capable of understanding how to manipulate the boundaries of science and technology.
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