Until about three hours ago, I thought that the people who sent rockets into space looked like this.


Or him.


or them.


These guys maybe.


But not *these* guys.

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Or this guy.

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And definitely not her.

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And these two? No way.

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(actually, I’m still not sure about these two)

Watching SpaceX’s PR video (above) showing the successful launch and landing of their Falcon 9 rocket brought home to me (maybe very belatedly) what egalitarian forces technology and code can and should be. We’re at a point where you don’t have to be a white guy in a white shirt and dark tie to set up a million user or billion dollar business, or become Head of Creative Technology in a respected creative agency (ahem), or send a rocket into space.

I’m going to go home tonight and show the video to my kids, point out that that today the people who have sent a rocket into space and cheered its return look just like the people we see on the bus, in coffee shops, in the streets where we live. And I’ll tell them that sending a rocket into space isn’t easy, that nothing big and important ever is, but it *is* possible and to look at how joyous accomplishment feels, and I’ll tell them to dream as big as they dare.

We have ignition.


(photos screengrabbed from SpaceX youtube channel and downloaded from Nasa archives.)