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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 02/01/2003 10:42 AM
URL(s): N/A Updated: 03/02/2003 10:19 PM
We Remember Shuttle Columbia
 
By Mike Whaley
 
Front, from left: Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, Pilot William 'Willie' McCool, Mission Specialist David Brown. Back, from left: Payload Commander Michael Anderson, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Clark. NASA image.
The crew of STS-107: Front, from left: Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, Pilot William 'Willie' McCool, Mission Specialist David Brown. Back, from left: Payload Commander Michael Anderson, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Clark. NASA image.

The OV-10 Bronco Association expresses our deepest sympathies and encouragement to the friends and families of the crew of STS-107 who were lost on the morning of February 1st when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during descent to landing while flying over east-central Texas.

As all aviators know, the act of leaving the ground is never perfectly safe, and the act of journeying into space is likely to remain inherently dangerous for a long time. Yet, we must continue to face the dangers that come with exploring space. These brave men and women, as well as the many thousands of people involved in supporting their mission, know that bad things can happen, and rarely, they do. But they still carry on, because the risks are worth it. If we were to live in fear of the bad possibilities, we would never have experienced the great number of wonderful advances in so many fields of knowledge and inspiration which benefits all of humanity.

STS-107 patch These brave astronauts knew this danger, yet willingly chose to face it in order to follow the dream. They were called upon to give the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of benefitting all of humanity, and we can be certain that out of this tragedy will ultimately grow new and better ways to explore and work in space to benefit all mankind.

The sacrifice these astronauts have made will be remembered around the world as a continuing testament to a basic fact of life: nothing worth doing ever comes without a price. Space exploration is certainly worth doing, and we will remain there. Of that, there is no doubt.


COUNTDOWN

Lit up with anticipation
We arrive at the launching site
The sky is still dark, nearing dawn
On the Florida coastline

Circling choppers slash the night
With roving searchlight beams
This magic day when super-science
Mingles with the bright stuff of dreams

Floodlit in the hazy distance
The star of this unearthly show
Venting vapours, like the breath
Of a sleeping white dragon

Crackling speakers, voices tense
Resume the final count
All systems check, T minus nine
As the sun and the drama start to mount

The air is charged
A humid, motionless mass
The crowds and the cameras,
The cars full of spectators pass
Excitement so thick you could cut it with a knife
Technology... high, on the leading edge of life

The earth beneath us starts to tremble
With the spreading of a low black cloud
A thunderous roar shakes the air
Like the whole world exploding

Scorching blast of golden fire
As it slowly leaves the ground
Tears away with a mighty force
The air is shattered by the awesome sound

Like a pillar of cloud
The smoke lingers high in the air
In fascination
With the eyes of the world
We stare...



...written by Rush at the first launch of
Space Shuttle Columbia in April 1981

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