The final countdown is here.
We have our mission, our flight plans. We’ve been preparing for months. After assorted detours and delays, we are finally loaded up and ready to launch.
We all know our jobs. The team is working together. A functioning crew doesn’t need 5 pilots. We have one pilot. Then we have people who manage equipment. People who execute plans. People who support. And then there are the people who carry along all the little science experiments. People who clean up the spills. People who pack the snacks and make us laugh. People who cheerlead. All have their roles.
We also know we will have to learn and support the mission and each other in unexpected ways as the flight goes on. Roles may change and expand. As Matt Damon says in a great line from The Martian, there will be times we will have to “science the shit” out of issues, situations, etc. Unpredictable things will happen. We are charged up to flex our problem solving muscles and figure some things out.
We are strapped in. Fueled to the hilt. Liftoff may be a little bumpy. We might see some sparks as we burn through our usual atmosphere.
But how fun will it be to get to weightlessness? To push through into something we’ve never experienced? To really reach a new frontier? To go where no chicks have gone before?
Hold on tight. We are go for launch.