Curiosity's Landing Shows the Power of What's Possible

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Curiosity has landed. The Mars rover that left Earth last year arrived at its destination on August 6. But Curiosity’s landing was anything but assured. Take a look at this simulation that describes the perfect confluence of error-free events that had to take place in just 7 minutes for Curiosity to reach its destination safely. And now watch the response of the NASA scientists during and after those tense 7 minutes.

The joy of a hugely involved and challenging job achieved. The joy of discovery and exploration. The joy of curiosity met.

Now imagine this:

Imagine more bright and curious minds and compassionate hearts working together to solve other hugely challenging and involved problems, like global climate change, poverty, violent conflict, cruelty. Imagine people working together over years, tackling the complexity of human-created challenges, and experiencing such a positive outcome.

For me, Curiosity’s landing is an inspiration. There is so much we can do.

~ Zoe

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDxConejo talk: "Solutionaries"
My TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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