July 26th, 2019
Andy Crocker, director of space strategy and lunar program manager at Dynetics:
"The enterprise of human exploration requires accepting risks and willingness to sacrifice. Astronauts are explorers; like explorers have for millennia, they choose sacrifice. They understand they are part of something bigger than themselves, and they accept the risks. As mission planners and system designers, we sometimes need to remind ourselves of the saying, 'Perfect is the enemy of good enough.' Trying to be perfect will sabotage success. Likewise, trying to eliminate every risk is a misguided — and impossible — goal. One could say, 'Zero risk is the enemy of good enough.'"
When we lost private citizen and teacher, Christa McCullough, we lost our edge, and our nerve. It was a terrible tragedy. It is terrible when anyone perishes. Our space program rambled on with only space professionals and scientists (and the occasional 7 year old) get excited about space. Then Elon Musk and Jeff Besos came along and shook everything up. It was time to start taking risks again. And, Andy has a good point: Astronauts are like our military. They are willing to risk their lives for the greater good. Let us have a cheer for this new space race, let us face the technical challenges together, let us innovate, let us inspire a new generation!