Sci-fi? No; reality!

Mitch Hobish Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

This video/animation of the launch-through-landing of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), aka Curiosity, was initially produced in 2011, long before the successful landing of Curiosity on Mars. Except for the juvenile need to include sounds where no sound could carry (i.e., outside the two planets’ atmosphers), this is exceedingly well done, and worth about five minutes of your time. The end bogs down, but up until the landing, it’s spot on.

Consider: Humans landed a one-ton machine the size of a small car on a planet millions of miles away after a nine-month journey through space, coming within about a mile of its planned dead-on target site, using a series of contraptions that had to (and did!) work right the first time. Not only that, but the vision in this video was realized, almost to perfection.

What genius! What teamwork!

Who needs science fiction, when reality is so exciting?

Questions: Do you work in a team? Is it as successful as this one? Do you know why or why not? What could you do to optimize teamwork? If you’re not doing anything, why not?