There are mistakes in this book: typos, grammatical goofs, factual faux pas.

How do I know this?

Because of my experience with the rocket scientist's nemesis: Murphy's law. I, of course, take full responsibility. Better yet, I will take your "trajectory corrections" and put them in a future edition.

Was I too hard on NASA?

Let me know.

My greatest dream is to see people on Mars, not just within my lifetime, but soon. Let's not just think about it—let's do it. Recently (in September 2005), NASA's new administrator, Dr. Michael Griffin, declared that the space shuttle, the international space station, and nearly the entire U.S. manned space program for the past three decades were mistakes. It appears that Dr. Griffin will be putting NASA back on track and soon they will be thinking like rocket scientists again!

I hope I have demystified the thinking of a rocket scientist. Rocket science is just common sense applied to the extraordinarily uncommon environment of outer space. (And rocket scientists are people, too!)

Please let me know what you think. With your permission, I may use your corrections (typos, etc.) and contributions (ideas and anecdotes) in a future edition of How to Think Like a Rocket Scientist (and I will acknowledge your help).

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