1. KEPLER DID ALL THIS WHILE BEING BROKEN
Dr. Plavchan really freaked us out here. Turns out two of the four gyroscopes that direct Kepler broke. Bad times, right? Here’s why America is awesome.
Our NASA engineers figured out a way to point Kepler at 40 new stars every day by steering the telescope using the pressure generated by the light from the Sun. Yes, that’s correct: Americans figured out how to steer a space telescope using light.
Your move, China.
2. NOBODY SAYS WE CAN’T GO VISIT
“Going to the Moon used to be ‘impossible.’ Now everyone is doing it.” says Dr. Hickerson.
Don’t forget, it was only 66 years from the Wright Brothers’ flight to Neil Armstrong on the moon. Americans are amazing engineers. How amazing?
Funny you should ask …