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February 01, 2003

The loss of Challenger

The loss of Challenger prompted this speech by President Reagan (via various). The words evoke exploration and adventure and the very best in taking risks in the pursuit of truth. Perhaps this pursuit is "arrogant." Count me in. It turns out I know someone who had an experiment on this shuttle mission. I do not know if the results of her work made their way back to earth before the disaster. I hope so.

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 honored 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 their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 1, 2003 01:30 PM