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NASA MASTERS SPACE
The history of the United States Space Program is filled with examples of the “create and adjust” principle. From the earliest days of the program, every rocket that was launched was part of an attempt to master rocketry. Beginning with the first manned space flight of Alan Shepard, each astronaut contributed to the accumulated knowledge and experience, which was then handed on to the next group of astronauts to travel in space.
In the early days of NASA (the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration), many experiments failed. Rockets blew up on the launching pad, or shortly after launch. Guidance systems malfunctioned and rockets had to be destroyed by ground control. Aerospace engineers examined varieties of fuel systems, guidance systems, navigational systems, tracking systems, ground-to-capsule communication systems, and on-board computer systems. They adopted some and rejected others. Some that they adopted had later to be adjusted. Each mistake contributed as much as each success to NASA’s ability.
The Space Program gained new power in the early 1960’s with the clear vision President John F. Kennedy gave it, “to land a man on the moon and safely return him to earth by the end of the decade.”
Once that vision was in place, an incredible burst of creative technological advancement occurred in the United States. Engineers and technicians had a clear focus for their energy: get a man to the moon and back. With that focus, they were able to make the kinds of adjustments needed to make this vision a reality, creating new concepts and even new fields of science, rejecting certain time-honored engineering principles, inventing new materials, new lubricants, and new alloys that would withstand rapid changes in temperature from the cold of absolute zero to more than 2000 degree heat.
It may have taken Kennedy five minutes or less to formulate in words the vision of a man landing on the moon and safely returning to earth within the decade. But it took NASA scientists eight years to create and adjust enough to develop the technical abilities to fulfill that vision.
Throughout the 1970’s, with unmanned exploratory probes to other planets and beyond, and throughout the 1980’s, with development of the space shuttle and networks of communication satellites, the technological advance continue.
The story of NASA’s progress in creating the Space Program could be symbolized by the image of a single rocket making its way to the moon. For even though the rocket successfully reaches the moon it will, in fact, be off course more than 90 percent of the time. Since any rocket tends to fly off in a straight-line tangent, continual navigational adjustments have to be made to keep it on course. Only with such continual adjustments can it arrive at its final destination. [Emphasis added by me.] .
Once you have envisioned the final destination, or the result you want to create, making adjustments becomes a major activity in the creative process.
Vincent Van Gogh thoroughly understood this principle:
The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start on it. The first attempts are absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and purpose.
As you assimilate each new adjustment, you are organically developing pertinent abilities. The reason formulas and conventions do not usually live up to their promise to produce the results you want is that they usually preclude developing and assimilating new and possibly necessary abilities along the way.
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