- I know this is 'off-topic' but I have also been deeply
saddened by this loss, so much so that I wonder why.
Why does the loss of these 7 resonate with such
I was watching the morning news when it was interupted
by the announcement that contact had been lost 25
minutes earlier. I cannot the describe the chill I
felt, nor the deepening disbelief as events unraveled.
I think, since I was a child when a man walked on the
moon, the space program has always represented an
'innocent' arm of the government for me. Of course
this is a naive view. But the progress of the space
program, the dreams it has made reality, and the
international unity that seems at times only possible
These people -- mothers and fathers, scientists and
soldiers, immigrants and visitors -- represented more
than our fantasies of the future. They created a
place where, for a short time, peace reigned and all
peoples worked towards a common goal. In short, the
astronauts force us to redefine ourselves, not by
nationality or religion, but as human beings.
I believe one of the astronauts was quoted as saying
the Earth looked unbelievably peaceful from space.
It's an image I'd like to hold onto -- maybe someday
we can say the same without leaving the atmosphere.
> Dear Maria,upon hearing the
> You're not alone. I too was shocked and dismayed
> loss of the shuttle Columbia. I feel that this lossis something we
> all share.Albers de
> United Arab Emirates
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Maria
> Urriola" <miaupju@c...> wrote:these days due to
> > I don't know if it is because I'm very sensible
> the troubles we are going thru, but I feel very sadwith the news
> about the Columbia. My condolences because themissing ones are
> part of this global world, which I hope will bebetter day by day.
> > Mar�a Irene=====
> > Valencia, Venezuela
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Congratulations on your very meaningful and at times moving words. I second
everything you say.
As for me, I was working in my room and just couldn't believe my 'ears' when
my husband came in to tell me. I was shocked and reacted accordingly.
I was just talking to my mother over the phone when your message came in,
and we were also commenting on how we have all reacted so deeply to these
seven deaths. The way I see it is that they were seven very courageous human
beings carrying on experiments and risking their lives on behalf of
Yes, Arlyn, I also heard that comment from one of the astronauts about how
peaceful all this seemed down here. Seems hard to believe when we think of
the immense problems and suffering all over!
Have a peaceful week,