What Happened to the Water on Mars being Discovered should Giving Us an Insight

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If you ask me why suddenly I brought this kind of topic, than the answer is lying in the hot news flowing in the google search some days ago. You may want to check one by clicking here. Some of you may wonder now, what is the relationship between an inspiration story and what happened to the water on Mars being discovered recently? Straight to the point: Because the almost countless efforts from humans finally realize this great achievement.

Galaxy Planet

Over centuries, human has explored and lived on every continent of the Earth, including the Antartica (those are temporary researchers though). Scientists have even reach beyond and facilitated the journey of human outside Earth. Did you ever hear the Apollo 11? That was the spaceflight that landed the first human on the moon, Neil Armstrong. But the effort to outreach beyond the earth didn’t stop there.

Recently, scientists have found a sign of flowing water on Mars. Can we take it as a sign that there’s a form of life there? Though this discovery can’t be taken as an evidence of life on Mars, it does raise hopes of the planet being a habitable environment.

Don’t forget that there’s also Curiosity on Mars. I’m not talking about ‘people being curious on Mars’ here, but it is the name of robotic rover sent to learn about the geographical surface of Mars. Lately, it found methane on the surface of Mars. If we put all these discoveries together, maybe we can really say that, Mars is in a more habitable condition on the surface than what we previously knew.

Just because we don’t hear this outer space news often, doesn’t mean the endeavor of reaching outside the earth has stopped. Let’s have a little flashback of how it actually began.

Once upon a time in the year 1969..

Space Shuttle

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you a fairy tale. As some of us already know, in 1969 the Apollo 11 had successfully brought out human who step up on the moon for the first time. But actually, the effort to reach the moon has started even long before it happened.

The story behind, is no different to any other success story. Do you know how many unsuccessful attempts did Thomas Edison made before he invented the light bulb? There are so many versions about his story, but I think we all agreed that it’s around thousands. Luckily, NASA didn’t have to go through as many failures to have their first spacecraft impacting the moon.

It took them “only” a year to fix and improved everything until Luna 2 made its way to lunar surface in September 1959. Although Pioneer 0, the first spacecraft intended to fly to the moon didn’t even lasted for more than 4 minutes – it was destroyed by an explosion due to some engine malfunction, what a loss – they weren’t daunted. Instead, they examined what was wrong and made it right. And no, Luna 2 wasn’t their second attempt, they created some more failures. Or should I say, they found 10 ways that didn’t work and carefully rectified everything.

If you think that 10 attempts is not that much, I can’t be more agree with you. But it was a missions to the moon. Imagine how much resources spent for this project. How much energy, time and money was dedicated to made it true? If anywhere between the first and the eleventh project they gave up, I don’t think that Neil Armstrong will even appear in our history textbook lesson.

Neil Armstrong

We all know Neil Armstrong as the first human who set foot upon the lunar surface. But do you know that he wasn’t the first human travel beyond earth? Does Yuri Gagarin come to mind? He did leave the earth with his Vostok 1, but he didn’t head to the Moon. That’s why I got to give the credit to Frank Borman and his two other astronaut crew. They flew to the moon a year before Armstrong and witnessed the view of lunar surface. In case you wonder why they didn’t step on the moon, it was because the mission was only to orbit around the moon.

But what’s interesting is, the spacecraft flew sooner than its original schedule.Two months earlier for a journey to the moon. Do you know what it means? It means that the crew had a shorter time for training and preparation which required more of their times and disciplines. Amazing result always required great effort. But it all pay off when you achieved your goal. Not everyone can see what the moon’s look like with their own eyes, let alone be the first to watch it all.

Mission accomplished! So then they returned back to the earth. Not only they received the name of “Men of the Year” upon their return, but their successful mission also paved the way for Apollo 11 to fulfil the goal of landing a man on the moon.

The story of Apollo 11 is really remarkable. Like Armstrong said when stepped on to the lunar surface, it maybe a small step for a man, but a giant leap for humankind. And this giant leap didn’t make within days. It was a very long journey involving countless people with exceptional dedication. Well… Rome wasn’t built in a day too, right?

The manned mission to the moon was ended in 1972 with Eugene Cernan as the last person stepped off the lunar surface. There was no more manned spaceflight sent afterward. All those glorious story about the outer space journey seemed to be vanished. Sometimes I, and maybe you too, also wondered, has all the attempt of outreach beyond the earth came to a halt?

And back to the present day..

Mars Rover

I know it sounds ridiculous (no, I’m not talking about the heading above but you can have a different opinion). I didn’t hear much about this, until recently: As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, NASA scientist found the evidence of liquid water runs down the canyon on Mars. It arose the speculation of some form of life actually exist on the planet. This would turn down the opinion of Mars being a dry, barren planet.

The flowing water is a critical hint of the question, “Does life really exist beyond the Earth?”. It could be used to discover water sources on Mars or even the spot to land future human missions. It might be too early to decide whether Mars is really in habitable environment or not. But this finding can at least give a hint to Mars One of where to land the first human on Mars in 2030s. You can check here about the NASA’s Journey to the Mars project.

Glad to know that we’re not done yet. 46 years ago it was the moon, and now we’re exploring Mars, another planet. In fact, it has started since 2012, when the Curiosity was sent to Mars. Since landed on Mars, the rover has kept exploring the red’s planet environment. Last month, it photographed something that look like a spoon. Someone didn’t packed their things thoroughly when camping to Mars?

Nope, it was a spoon-shaped rock. In the photo, a rock shaped by wind looked much like a spoon. Even the shadow appeared like a spoon on the ground below. The Curiosity is currently studying a rock formation inside the Gale Crater. It will serve as the basis for the design of Mars 2020 rover mission. A mission planned to launch in 2020 which aiming to investigate an astro-biological relevant ancient on Mars and its surface geological processes and history. Another ambitious project!

It was a small step for a man, but…

It will be a huge leap for your success goal. Read again if you didn’t notice, but to finally able landing at Moon and later (hopefully) at Mars, humankind has gone through so many failures. What begin with a dream has finally been realized. It is the same with every of us.

If we never take a small step to achieving the success, it will never happen. If you stop just because of one or two failures, it will also never happen. What happened to the water on Mars being discovered can give us some insight about this way of thinking. So, I will say again to carve it in both your mind and mine. It may a small step to you, but will become a huge leap for your success goal. Hope this post giving you an inspiration and any food for thoughts are very welcomed :)

Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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14 Comments

  1. jerry-prerichbillionaire

    Many thanks for the post Alexander.

    This was truly inspiring indeed! I think of failure as successfully finding out a way not to do something. So it’s actually great because it means you’re even closer to finding out the right way to do something.

    The only key thing is to make a note of and learn from the failure so you don’t repeat it. Because that’s what’s not ideal.

    All the best,
    Jerry

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    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Yes, indeed. Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Nate

    Hearing about there being water on Mars definitely got me excited – and this post was an inspiration.

    It shows what can be done with the collective minds of people (and the resources of NASA) – but it’s also an analogy of what we can achieve as individuals if we really put our minds to it.

    Thanks for sharing – I needed this kind of inspiration today!

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Nate, I’m with you there. I was excited too when hearing about the water discovery. It make me surprised that all the science fiction about living in Mars can be made possible in the future.

      Actually, there are so many inspiration that can be drawn from our surroundings. Glad to find this article useful to keep you inspired. Please look forward to read some other inspiring insights :)

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  3. Vic

    Hi there alblue, this is a great post and really illustrates well what can be achieved if you just keep going and don’t give up when things don’t go according to plan. Failure, problems, roadblocks they are a reality for most people, in fact i consider them to be part of the process in achieving success! Great things start with small steps and then are achieved with a bit of persistence. Just out of interest what do you do to keep yourself motivated when things get difficult?

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Vic, Thank you for your additional insight. I really agree with you, roadblocks and failures are there to make your success even more ‘delicious’ when achieved. I like to go alone a bit an enjoying me time to relax myself a bit when things get difficult. It helps to ease my mind. Sometimes when my mind is clearer, I may come with a solution, or in other time, I can let a ‘sad moment’ go.

      There is other things, which is remembering the success of my friends as you can see here in my post. It also keep me motivated because if they can achieve their success in their own way, so do I.

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  4. Medu

    Hi Al,

    I personally didn’t know about the latest developments about Mars until I read this post. It’s truly inspiring and stresses the importance of three things: curiosity, pushing limits and perseverance. I think it’s so cool how some folks on earth are ready to push borders and explore possibilities in other planets.

    Thanks for the insight! Great post

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi too Medu,

      Yes. It just happened that I caught the hot news about Mars and finally thought about this article :) Humankind are indeed cool. Maybe in the future, all those talk about holiday in Mars, Jupiter, or other planets will be really possible. Patience and persistence are indeed the key point too, and it can be applied within ourself.

      Thanks for the additional insight too :)

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  5. Zee

    Hi Al!

    That’s right Al! Those two qualities are indeed hold an important role to our success. But sometimes I see that people still miss how patience also play a crucial part.

    Everyone has a dream and willing do every necessary thing to make it true. But some people want something and they want it immediately. However, when their effort went fruitless, they gave up easily instead of learning from their experience.

    So it’s also important to remember that every single step we take is matter, even the tiniest one. It might not be a success over night, but every step we take, will get us closer to our goal.

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Yes Zee, you are very right about that.

      Thank you very much for giving me and everyone here an additional insight about this article :) I’m sure if we are doing what we need to achieve the success, even bit by bit, it will eventually come someday.

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  6. Zee

    Hi Al!

    I can’t be more agree with you, a small step can become a huge leap for our success. Everyone start at zero but not everyone make it to hero. But the thing is, everyone can actually make it to hero if they really have the determination and patience in reaching their goal. Just like you say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    Thanks for this article! It’s not only informative but also inspiring and encouraging. I hope we all will be a hero in our life and everyone around and not taking small step lightly as that’s what keep us moving.

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Zee,

      Thank you for your additional insight. Determination and passion are certainly other keypoints here that will be needed to achieve the success and be a Hero in your life :)

      Glad to be encouraging and wish you and everyone here to achieve the success :)

      Regards,
      Alblue

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  7. stefan

    Hi there!

    I consider The exploration of Mars the exploration of the human mind. If humans stop exploring, there will be no room for imagination… New information always leads no more questioning and this is the fun in life. This finding on Mars is fuel for more questionings and more room for improvements in science.

    Thanks for such great insights on this great news!

    All the best

    Stefan

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Stefan, thank you for the compliment :) Yes that’s true. Humankind as general didn’t stop there when they found the moon. They are stepping forward to Mars, and later I believe we will keep on going forward to other planets too.

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