When I started working at NASA in 2007, I was on top of the world.
Luckily, it was a lesson learned during an exercise.
So far, my life and career have weathered many mistakes.
I was project manager for GALEX, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
I made my mistake over and over again for many years.
At Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Equipment Test Facility, I learned the hard way that supposedly bulletproof designs are not necessarily as trouble-free as they may appear.
I’m not sure that the decisions I made as operations manager of the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) program nearly three decades ago were necessarily mistakes, but the problems that ultimately killed the OMV were certainly real.
Anyone who has ever had the courage to go out into the world and do something knows there are only two kinds of mistakes: ones we can recover from and ones we cannot recover from.
I found out the hard way that some of the things you learn in school don’t hold up in the real world.