Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, February 20, 2017

Yet Another Successful Falcon 9 Launch & Landing

This weekend hasn’t exactly been the best, with stupid stories ranging from Trump boasting of an imaginary incident involving the Swedes, to an actual incident involving a Swede. But if there was anything good that came out of it all, it was delivered to us by Space X.

Yet again, the private space company, led by real-life “billionaire playboy philanthropist” Elon Musk, successfully launched its reusable Falcon 9 rocket, which delivered important cargo to the space station before making yet another successful landing in Cape Canaveral.

Here’s a video of the landing from a distance:

And here’s two up-close videos of the landing from the rocket and launch pad:

The past month, if not the past year and decade, has diffused any faith of a better future brought about through the realm of politics. If there’s any remaining hope for such a future, it will be brought about, not by politics, but by science.

We’re already starting to see this better future unfold through recent scientific developments, with Space X being just one of countless others. Within the next few years, we’re about to see self-driving cars, super-fast high speed trains, affordable renewable energy, and even printable human organs become a reality. And while a trip to Mars has since been slightly postponed, that reality will soon be upon us as well, though much later than previously scheduled.

This reality, this future, is being created, not by self-serving politicians like Donald Trump, but by benevolent scientists and entrepreneurs like Elon Musk. That is where our faith in humanity must lie, not within politics, but in science, technology, and the free market.