Last Sunday marked the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Lt Col Michael Collins taking humankind’s first steps on the moon and the famous line “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. On July 20th The Lunar Eagle Module landed and at 2:56am on the 21st July 1969 history was made.

Back in the 60s, the space race was dominated by the USA and the USSR, both vying to be the first on the moon. As space ventures have gone they would still be considered to be some of the most accomplished countries, but this game of cat and mouse spanned over a decade and was always, from both countries, a strive for greatness, to achieve what no one had before.

First, the USSR, sending Sputnik 1 with Yuri Gagarin for a full orbit, then a constant stream of spacewalks and flights going up until the well renowned Apollo 11, finally getting humankind to walk on the moon. It is one of the most notable events of the past century and it truly epitomises what humankind can accomplish. It’s also clear that as a bit of a nerd I have a personal leaning towards making sure this got a mention in the blog.

If you’re looking for any more detail on how it all unfolded The Guardian has a great timeline of the night’s events. The summary is, it took many of the brightest minds in the entire world nearly a full decade of small steps, but that, in itself is a true showing of the commitment, perseverance and the teamwork that it took to get a man on the moon in that one great leap.

This was great. Huge teams and masses of computers, calculations and plans but how is it relevant now? It sounds about as corny as you can get, but it does show that there is literally no limit about what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it. Realistically, the computing power now far outstrips the power back then and the knowledge that we have gained in the time since gives us a better starting point, so why aren’t we all shooting for the moon? It’s a matter of traits, and funding (we can admit that). As a movie recommendation, I would suggest watching Hidden Figures to see the challenges that were undertaken and the sacrifices that were made to put a man on the moon, also helps that it is a good watch! The traits that you see are those that are well renowned with great achievers, tenacity, perseverance and a lot of work. Then it’s the other side, funding. Thankfully, we have recently teamed up with Capitalise, a great source for getting the financing that you need to make your visions and plans much more real.

The whole endeavour to put a man on the moon started with John F. Kennedy said “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Why not be that leader? Put that plan in motion and watch the wheels turn. Don’t settle for doing what you always do to keep getting the same results. Don’t shy away from the challenges that lay ahead, an inherent part of being human is that we revel in being challenged. Take that step into developing and make a new advancements in your field. As accountants, we see a huge number of businesses and even individuals that create some fantastic and innovative solutions to a huge variety of problems. From engineering solutions to custom IT issues, if you want to know any more about these or how you might be able to use them let us know. Even if you have ideas on how to grow your business or new avenues that you want to explore, let us know.

We now live in an age where there are new accomplishments every day, the digital revolution. I’m not going to say that the accomplishments are on the same level as the moon landing but there are some fantastic achievements through the last 50 years, the social network revolution for one. Has it ever been so easy to speak to anyone, anywhere in the world? What is there that will come next? Will Augmented Reality be the next step in the evolutionary chain? There is so much room for growth and so much room for speculation as to the next great invention or discovery, whilst that hosts a lot of competition it also opens it up for a lot of opportunity.

Let’s hope for 50 more years of great discovery, invention and scientific advancements. If you think that anything you does qualifies for this, even if it is on a smaller scale then contact david@gjassociates.co.uk to look into claiming Research and Development Tax Relief.