When starting out in pursuit of your Nurse’s Aide Certificate, you may feel like the task is insurmountable. After all, studying for a new career in a complex field like nursing assistant or medical billing and coding (or any medical industry jobs) requires a great deal of dedication, knowledge, perseverance and work. However, it is eminently achievable. Just ask the hundreds of scientists, engineers and administrators at NASA who achieved an even more improbable task this week, landing the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars. The undertaking of traveling to another planet and landing a vehicle by remote control into a crater millions of miles away from home required a lot of hard work, team work, dedication and faith. These are the same qualities required for success in earning a nurses aide certificate from the Allen School. Of course, nurses aide skills are a bit different from those required in space travel, however, the underlying spirit of achievement is exactly the same within the heart of a NASA engineer as it is within the heart of a student working to better his or her lot in life through a career in medicine. Congratulations to NASA and all Americans today on this momentous achievement.