When setting goals we work on the S.M.A.R.T principles:
S = Specific. M = Measurable A = Attainable
R = Realistic T = Time-bound
Why was the moon landing a S.M.A.R.T goal?
S = Specific:
JFK wanted to send humans to the moon and bring them home safely.
M = Measurable
The goals were clearly quantifiable. They needed a space shuttle that would take them to the Lunar Location known as the Sea of Tranquility. The distance was 953,054 miles. The journey took 8 days, 3 hours, 18 min and 35 seconds.
Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20 1969 at 8:18 PM.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the lunar surface six hours later at 2:56 AM; Buzz Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. Apollo 11 astronauts collected 22 kilograms of material, including 50 rock samples, lunar soil, and material down to 13 centimetres below the Moon's surface. They also planted the US flag and a Lunar Ranging Retro-reflector.
A = Attainable
In the history of humanity no one had ever put a man on the moon!
- May 25th 1961, President John F. Kennedy announces that a human is going to the moon.
- November 22nd 1963, President John F. Kennedy is Assassinated.
- July 20th 1969 at 8:18 PM, Neil Armstrong, a small town boy from Wapakoneta, Ohio, became the first man to step onto the lunar surface.
Those famous words of Neil Armstrong,'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind', will resonate down the ages and is a testament of the power of Kennedy's goal for humanity.
This is an instance which shows a great man setting the highest of goals in terms of humanity's progress and technological mastery of Earth and space.
The goal was so immense that others carried the torch of this goal when Kennedy passed away.
R = Realistic
Kennedy announced his national ambition to get to the moon in 1961.
He engaged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
At the time NASA was an organisation that was only 3 years old.
NASA was founded in 1958 so Kennedy was calling upon a relatively unproven resource.
Before NASA was NASA it was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics NACA.
The pictures below show the humble origins of the organisation that became NASA.
NASA had a huge task at hand from hiring Neil Armstrong to researching the propellant that took him to the moon.
NASA First Tragic Failure - Apollo One - 3 Dead
Apollo One's goal was a manned Luna Landing.
Unfortunately, Apollo 1 was destroyed on February 21 1967; a cabin fire during a launch rehearsal test, killed all three crew members on January 27 1967.
Despite the adversity, NASA sent Apollo 8, Apollo 9 and Apollo 10 into space successfully.
When NASA thought it was realistic to land on the moon they sent Apollo 11.
T = Time-bound
After the tragic deaths of the Apollo One crew, the deadline was announced that by the end of the decade, which was 1970, a human would walk on the moon. On July 20 1969 at 8:18 PM this goal was achieved by Neil Armstrong.
The moon landing is a perfect example of a 'Smart Goal' because landing a person on the moon is a unique moment in the history of humanity. We learn a great deal about goal setting through the trials and tribulations in the journey of going to the moon.
The path to achieving goals is not a smooth road, it entails many challenges and requires guidance and at times intervention.
How Can You Set & Achieve S.M.A.R.T Goals
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