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The Great Gig in the Sky

The Great Gig in the Sky

Naked Leader Week 803 – 7 January 2019

Time to Read: Just 17 years

At 2.26am GMT on Thursday 3 January the Chinese robotic spacecraft Chang’e-4 touched down on the far side of the moon, the first ever attempt and landing.

The 3 reasons this is such a major milestone in space exploration:


  1. Many astronomers considered such a landing impossible as the non-earth facing, unseen side of the Moon is seen from space as too rugged to attempt any landing.
  2. Of the 19 successful Moon landings on the so-called near side, only 1 was by the Chinese.
  3. Although it was started in the 1940s, the Chinese space programme only really got going in the early 2000s as Chairman Mao (‘ruler’ 1949 to 1976), wasn’t, shall we say, a big fan.

Inevitably this achievement has been greeted by some in the West as a threat that China wants to take over the world – a more logical conclusion would be be that they want to take over the Moon!

This outcome was achieved in exactly the same way as people, teams and organisations in this world achieve extraordinary things each and every day – with an ambitious outcome, unwavering belief and a persistence that treats every ‘failure’ as being just another step to success.

So, for 2019, imagine if you simply could not fail, what would you do?

With my love and best wishes

David X

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