There are a lot of things that aren’t exactly rocket science. But space-analogies are nonetheless still pretty powerful in terms of exemplifying things and efforts that may seem out of this world.
Back when I was a kid, my biggest dream was to one day to get the opportunity to launch a Saturn V-rocket. You know; hit that big button (which I imagine it must be) and just observe this mightiest of machines mankind has ever built rise gracefully towards the infinite space.
What makes space-analogies so relevant in regards to venturing into the innovation unknown is what it says about those, who don’t do it.
After all, one thing is to be an ‘astronaut’ and put yourself out there where no one or only few have gone before. On the flipside of that is the ‘know it all’ type, who prefers to stay firmly on the surface of the Earth, conscious of all the risk associated with moving – and thus ending up not moving at all.
Going for a peek in ‘outer space’ seems somewhat more interesting, no?
Yes, there is an abundance of risk associated with venturing out in the unknown, and yes, there are numerous times when you can and will question, why you got on top of that rocket to begin with. But that doesn’t make it wrong. That just makes you normal – despite your ambition to challenge ‘gravity’.
When you look at it that way, going above and beyond where you have gone before suddenly looks an even more interesting prospect.
PS: If you want to play around with launching a Saturn V-rocket from inside of the Apollo command module, you can play around with a cool online demo here.