3 Things You Need to Land To The Moon

by John


The first satellite (Sputnik 1) was launched in 1957. Apollo 11 delivered the first human to the surface of the moon in 1969–a little over a decade later. That progress seems not only amazing but practically inhuman. (Assuming that we actually did land on the moon and didn’t have any help from our alien visitors.)

Diane Vaughn, in her book “The Challenger Launch Decision”, mentions NASA had three key factors that contributed to the success of Apollo missions:

adequate funding, institutional consensus, and a clear goal

I believe any project–a space mission, a software product, a home improvement project–would benefit from having those three luxuries. Qualifying a project on those dimensions is a great acid test to make sure any project has a good chance of success.