Figure of speech

Talking about rockets… back in DC during this year’s ITCC, Phil Kelley and Tony Tresselt from Gravitational Anarchy pointed out an interesting fact:

When confronted with tricky situations, I often tend to attempt to calm myself by repeating, mantra-like, that whatever I am attempting to do is not rocket science, after all. Like helping to run a tree climbing competition, for instance.

So, mused Tony and Phil, conceivably somewhere out there, hidden deep down in their labs, there are probably NASA rocket scientists puzzling over a problem, saying to each other: Come on, lads… after all, it is not as though this were tree climbing!

Stranger things have been known to be true…