Watching Usain Bolt winning the Olympic 100m gold in a time of 9.63 seconds was briefly exciting last night.
But I was more excited waking up this morning to discover that Curiosity – Nasa’s massive Martian probe – had landed safely, flawlessly executing a landing that made me think “There must be an easier way to land on Mars!”
In the shadow of unemployment, of recession and of a very wet summer it’s great to have these two inspirational, but very different, human triumphs.
I’ve been making a big fuss about Curiosity’s stupendous achievement in front of the girls, in the hope that one day maybe they’ll be inspired to do something similar – to understand that human beings can be amazing when we put our minds it. 🙂