Today marks the 5th anniversary of the landing of NASA's Exploration Rover (Spirit) on the planet Mars. That may not seem like a big deal unless you realize that Spirit’s primary surface mission was planned to last a mere 90 sols. (A sol, or Martian solar day, is 24 hours, 39 minutes and some-odd seconds.) Experts estimated the rover might be there six months, tops. Now, five years later, despite dust storms and harsh conditions, Spirit is still sending back geological information from the Red Planet.
That’s more than 19 times longer than expected— talk about perseverance!
If you’re trying to reach a tough goal or to get through a hard time in your life right now, think of the Spirit. When dust storms rage and everyone predicts the worst, take a deep breath, duck your head down and keep forging ahead. Your inner strength can take you much farther than you’d ever imagine.
Tell us how you’re harnessing your own spirit today.