All the great successes of U.S. scientific and technological innovation start with some failure.
SpaceX — the first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space — didn’t successfully return a rocket booster to Earth on the first try, or on the first 10 tries, as this video shows:
That’s the beauty of scientific and technological research in the U.S.: there are endless possibilities to learn from mistakes.
As Thomas Edison said about his years of trial and error inventing the light bulb: “I haven’t failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”