Can Artemis unify like Apollo?
Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology. Artemis is also the name of the NASA program, which is getting ready to land the first women on the moon.
Saturday, July 20 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, where U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins successfully landed on the moon. During anniversary celebrations, the Trump administration and NASA announced the U.S. would be returning to the moon by 2024 with the Artemis program. The program is named Artemis. A fitting name as the program plans to land the first women on the moon.
The Apollo 11 program was a culmination of years of work that started with a vision from President John F. Kennedy, who rallied a nation and pushed NASA to successfully land a man on the moon. His example has taught leaders for 50+ years the power of a vision. He showed us that an optimistic vision has the ability to unify a team — even a nation.
Can President Trump pull off the same level of unification? The administration has laid out a vision to land a team on the moon. They also plan on breaking the proverbial glass ceiling with a rocket when we all witness women walking on the moon. The power of a vision and the magnitude of these events may be just what this country needs to unify it.
Leaders don’t need to land a team on the moon to have a unifying vision. They just need to have a lofty goal their team can all rally behind.
What’s your Artemis?
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