I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in the 4th grade and Ms. Rawa was my teacher. The principal knocked on the door and asked to speak to her outside the classroom. A minute later, she came back in and was sobbing. The room went dead silent. When she composed herself, she told the class that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded. I was devastated.
I’ve always been a space geek. Even as a young child, I would watch every liftoff with great excitement. To me, space travel represents the best of humankind. Sending an object into space is the pinnacle of engineering. And landing a 160-foot tall rocket from space may just be the pinnacle of the pinnacle.
On Tuesday, I watched the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch and I could barely contain my excitement. My normal resting heart rate is in the low 60s. About a minute into the launch, I noticed that my heart was racing. I looked down at my fitness watch and my heart rate was in the low 130s. I was just sitting there.
Elon Musk did it. His Tesla is in orbit. He landed two out of three of his rockets. What a day to be a human. We live in incredible times.
The dark is generous and it is patient and it always wins – but in the heart of its strength lies its weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.
Love is more than a candle.
Love can ignite the stars.
–Matthew Stover, Revenge of the Sith
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