What achievement of humanity amazes you the most?

Ott responded on 08/21/2012

I think that would have to be air travel.

Airliners are just the most astonishing machines imaginable and it blows my mind to consider just how complex they are and how much we take them for granted.

The 'Curiosity' Mars Rover is an incredible achievement but it is the sheer commonplace mundanity of intercontinental mass air transit that makes it all the more remarkable.

At some point during every flight I take it strikes me that I am traveling at 600 mph in a metal tube the size of a building, seven miles above the Earth whilst watching a movie, tinkering on my laptop or taking a nap and taking the whole remarkable experience for granted.

Despite the obvious negative environmental connotations I think daily scheduled 400 ton flying buildings are our most remarkable achievement.

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