From the SAIS President Dr. Kirk Walker
A New Year’s Resolution for the Decades
The recent success of the New Horizons spacecraft is a testament to long-range planning as well as patience, persistence, and the ability to stay motivated over great stretches of time. The funding and planning took five years. The voyage to Pluto took a decade and the final leg to the Kuiper Belt took another three and a half years. Over 18 years from start to completion. At no point was success guaranteed; and along the way, adjustments had to be made continuously. For the scientists, their personal lives proceeded: births, marriages, illnesses, graduations, and a host of bodily changes. And for some of the researchers, the program’s success was achieved after their lifetime.