Life Lessons From NASA & Space X’s Launch America Manned Space Shuttle Launch (May 2020)

NASA and Space X made history on May 31st 2020, as the first manned shuttle (Since Apollo 11 Mission 1969) with 2 astronauts was launch and safely landed on ISS (International Space Station). It was a challenging task requiring a lot of work. 

About the Launch America:

A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:22 p.m. EDT May 30, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.

As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.

What we can learn from their success? Some inferences are below:

 1. Preparation is the Key:

The astronauts were well trained, and had enough experience to deliver the performance required, besides, the shuttle and launch was well prepared and tested.

Whatever we want to do, we have to prepare well, and only then we can be sure of the success. As Abraham Lincoln said that if he got 6 hours to cut a tree, he’d spend 4 hours sharpening the axe.

2. Pause but Never Stop:

 Launch America mission was planned on May 27th, 2020 but it was cancelled and postponed to May 31st, 2020 due to bad weather. This mission was conducted despite the Corona outbreak, but with all the care of social distancing as prescribed by the medical authorities. So, that problem was overcome but how can we control the weather? That’s why the mission was postponed which turned out to be a success.

In our life, there are some problems that cannot be avoided but we just have to wait till it’s over. The brilliant example is Corona virus, which has affected many people. We just can’t do some activities like travelling or holding huge meetings as there’s a chance of virus spreading. We have to obey the medical instructions, as it will help to end the outbreak sooner than while not obeying the norms of social distancing.  Another example is that of weather, and crisis. We can’t start or run a business if there’s storm or a war-like situation. We will have to wait it out. But never cancel the plans, only postpone them.

3. Despite all the Odds:

 Like I mentioned in the above point, the Launch America was successful despite the ongoing Corona Virus Pandemic. With all due care, the mission was conducted, and not postponed till the outbreak is over.

 In the same way, try to do things as quickly as possible, and if there’s an opportunity then go for it if you are prepared for it!

4. Make Others Excited!

 NASA’s NASA Social initiative has been working for years to spread awareness about the Space education, and NASA’s contribution to it. When the launch was planned, it was well branded as “Launch America”, and normal citizens, as well as professionals were encouraged to share their excitement for the launch, and in turn it helped spread the news of the launch! Millions of people watched the launch on YouTube so far, and the live event was also attended by hundreds of thousands people online.

 This is a great example of how to brand and market your work, and help get attention from the right people. As a business, everything needs to be published online, and it helps to spread the work done by the business. NASA and Space X not only did something that will help their brands, but also helps the humanity in space research. As an individual, you can learn to share your achievements online in terms of LinkedIn posts, or Facebook posts that help others to know your capabilities, and passion. Never flaunt or over-share but if there’s something that can help you to get closer to future opportunities. Then that’s good for the world too, as a talented person like you has the power to change the world through creative and passionate work.

5. One Step at a Time:

 Launch America feels like a manned mission that will be one of many in the future. As we dream of colonizing Mars, and beyond, it will not happen suddenly, but we need to make it a step by step process through such launches that help us to practice the art and science of space launch. There’s a planned moon mission 2 and we can imagine that eventually we will also see a mission to the Mars, but, that might require more resources, and well trained astronauts as it’s farther away than Moon.

 In your life, when you set a goal or have a dream, you need to be patient as you will get there eventually. People become successful after years of hard work and perseverance. Never lose hope! Never be impatient. Don’t expect the success to be there overnight, expect it to be there in future, and keep doing good work that you do.

6. Celebrate Small Victories:

 Every NASA and Space X event when successful is celebrated by them and the failures are also taken as lessons that help to make the future missions successful. Launch America has been celebrated and lauded worldwide for the success, and achievement of launching a manned shuttle to the space.

 In your life, you should also celebrate and be happy about small yet important successes that act like steps towards the bigger goals. Why celebrate? We feel happy, and motivated to work harder for our next goals which help us to get closer to the big dream we have!

I hope this inspired you and helped you to be interested in Space!!

Learn more about NASA's work:

Launch America Page

NASA's Vision for Future Moon Missions

List of Moon Missions

A Great Space Blog about Space Stories- The Thin Blue Line:

Watch a recap of the launch here:

It was successful, and the astronauts have returned to the Earth:

After the Splashdown
NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley — a.k.a the "space dads" — have returned to Earth from the International Space Station aboard their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour. After splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, Aug. 2, they returned to our Johnson Space Center to reunite with their families.

Bob and Doug contributed more than 100 hours to scientific experiments and participated in numerous public engagement events during their 62 days aboard the station. Bob conducted four spacewalks with Expedition 63 Commander and NASA colleague Chris Cassidy to upgrade two power channels on the station’s truss with new lithium-ion batteries. Overall, the astronaut duo spent 64 days in space, completed 1,024 orbits around Earth and traveled 27,147,284 miles.

This #LaunchAmerica mission marks the return of human spaceflight from U.S. soil to the space station for the first time since 2011.

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