Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Graffiti Wall

Posted 2 Feb 2003 at 05:26 UTC by jbucata Share This

Post your thoughts, eulogies, insights, rumors, flames against technical or bureaucratic incompetence, etc. here.

Where were you when you heard the news?

In this hour I'm most reminded of things that JFK said in his Rice University speech announcing America's goal of going to the moon:

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard....

Surely the opening vistas of space promise high costs and hardships, as well as high reward.

William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.

At the close of his speech he reminds us that the exploration of space is "the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked".

I like this article that points out that things have gone so well for so long that we forget just how dangerous this enterprise of ours truly is.

President Bush said as much in his address to the nation:

In an age when space flight has come to seem almost routine, it is easy to overlook the dangers of travel by rocket, and the difficulties of navigating the fierce outer atmosphere of the Earth. These astronauts knew the dangers, and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of their courage and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more.

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