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    I have trouble understanding the following in red.

    "To pull this off under these impossible constraints, we had to do everything differently,..... Even the NASA administrator, Daniel Golden, nearly flipped out when he received his initial mission briefing---he couldn't get past how many new things we were trying out."

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    I have trouble understanding the following in red.

    "To pull this off under these impossible constraints, we had to do everything differently,..... Even the NASA administrator, Daniel Golden, nearly flipped out when he received his initial mission briefing---he couldn't get past how many new things we were trying out."

    Thank you.
    He kept trying to think about other things but his brain kept coming back to all the new things that they were trying out. He tried to get his brain to move on, past that, but found he was unable to. If you imagine it in the same way as a person trying to get past a crowd of people in the street. If that crowd of people is very big and causing a huge block, the person can't get past. This thought/idea in his head was like that crowd of people. It stopped his brain from moving forward to think about other things.
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    Default Re: get past

    Great explanation and visual!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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