Re: [Slovak-World] A sad day
Life is so fragile. What a horrible tragedy this is. I am sorry for your
family's personal loss in knowing some of those who died. The only possible
comfort is in knowing that they died doing what they loved and that their
sacrifice was one so generously made. What a loss to those left behind. May
they be with God at this very moment. They are in so many people's prayers on
this sad day.
- We easily forget how dangerous space flight is. A few successes lead us to
feel comfortable. But these men and women risk their lives when they climb
aboard a spacecraft and leave terra firma.
I lived in central FL and watched several launches and when they were
returning, the neighborhood would gather in the street to see the shuttle pass
overhead and hear the "sonic boom" as it headed to the landing site.
It will take weeks, or longer, to determine the cause of this particular
accident. But clearly we need to update the fleet, and there is not much
popular support for spending on NASA's needs. That's too bad, in my humble
opinion, because we have reaped more good from the space program than any
other gov'mt spending in the last 40 years.
My flag has been lowered to half-staff. My heart aches for the families. I
pray we will never suffer another loss, but I know that is too much to ask.
Lowell H Brigham wrote:
> It is a very sad day for those of us with connections to NASA's manned
> space program. The 7 astronauts who died in the skies over Texas were
> our neighbors and friends. To illustrate the closeness of this tragedy,
> our daughter's boy friend (name is Steve) is an astronaut preparing for
> his 4th flight in March. We have been fortunate to be invited guests at
> each of Steve's flights. Rick Husband, the commander of this fateful
> flight was one of Steve's best friends. On Steve's last flight, Rick
> was assigned to be our guide for the launch and we spent a number of
> hours with Rick and have many pictures of him answering our questions
> and making sure that we were comfortable.
> Another of our friends is a survivor of the Holocaust. We were planning
> to take her to the local NASA facility to welcome Rick Husband and his
> crew (including an Israeli astronaut) back home. Now we can only see
> the flags at half-staff and the flowers placed at the entrance to our
> NASA facility.
> While we are still grieving; the professionals who support the manned
> space program are already working to identify the cause of the disaster.
> It is a distinct privilege to know that I was associated (in a small
> way) with such an impressive group of people.
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