When A Rocket Fails

antaresWhen A Rocket Fails

It is perhaps a result of the success of the space program that rocket launches these days don’t make much news unless something goes wrong. This week something went wrong. The unmanned Antares rocket was destroyed seconds after its launch from the Wallops Flight Facility.

We’ve gotten accustomed to ‘routine’ launches, but this week’s failed launch reminds us that engineering success and scientific advancement depend on many things.  They depend on risking new things, acknowledging mistakes, learning from errors, sharing information with others, and always, always trying again.

Thomas A. Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”

Some might call the experience death and resurrection.

Who says there’s no connection between science and faith?


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