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A Tribute to Columbia

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Rowd has made a special tribute page to the crew of STS 107 Columbia.

    I will make this a sticky for now. Please add any pages of your own, or ones you see out there to this thread.

    Thanks to rowd for making this available for us and others.

    Tribute page here.
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    This isn't another thread but I found this speech and thought it was just as appropriate for this moment and on this day:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country.

    This is truly a national loss.

    Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But, we've never lost an astronaut in flight; we've never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we've forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle; but they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation together.

    For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we're thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, 'Give me a challenge and I'll meet it with joy.' They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.

    We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.

    And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them...

    I've always had great faith in and respect for our space program, and what happened today does nothing to diminish it. We don't hide our space program. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute. We'll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA or who worked on this mission and tell them: "Your dedication and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And we know of your anguish. We share it."
    There's a coincidence today. On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, 'He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.' Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.

    The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honoured us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'

    --Reagan's speech on January 28, 1986 about the Challenger disaster
  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

  4. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    <a href="http://cagle.slate.msn.com/news/ShuttleColumbia/main.asp" target="blank">Cartoons dealing with the tragedy</a>.
  5. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Some excellent ones in there, Biker. Thank you.
  6. Valkyre

    Valkyre Crazy Viking Woman

    My sister sent me this one in my e-mail.
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Wendy, that's great. I can only imagine, if there is a God, that these 7 are much better off than they were on the ground.
  8. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    I like this one the best. A perfect landing, no chute required.


  9. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

  10. BestFriend

    BestFriend Searching for my truth!

    Seven of the human race came together in a passion for mankind and our future. We were blessed with their works here on earth and beyond. Now the time has come to pass that our hearts have been touched by the devotion and dedication they gave of their lives, for us. May their memory never die in vain for the ultimate moment in time, whereas all of the world comes together as a human reace to mourn such a great loss to all of mankind.
  11. mrRT

    mrRT Tech Mod

    Just wanted to add this pic...

    Sandy and I just got back from Washington yesterday. Went for a few days of downtime....

    Anyway one of our stops was Arlington. I took this photo of the Challenger Memorial and in the background you can see the gravesite of the Columbia astronauts. This will be the future home of the Memorial due very soon.
  12. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Thanks, great shot.

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