Re: OT: The Columbia

Subject: Re: OT: The Columbia
From: cpwinter -at- rahul -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 16:39:31 -0800

On 1 Feb 2003, at 6:59, Sharon Burton-Hardin wrote:

> Many of us are very interested in space stuff. If you are not, please
> disregard this.
> For those of you away from the news right now, the space shuttle Columbia is
> missing. Lost contact at 6am Pacific time as the shuttle was entering the
> atmosphere to land in Florida. It looks right now as through it exploded
> over Texas. My heart is broken.
> My heart goes out to the families of the astronauts and all the people
> involved with the mission. I am too old to be an astronaut now but I have
> hopes for my niece and eventual grandchildren. This is just terribly sad and
> tragic.


Thanks for this post. Since I am very interested in space exploration, I
will reply, but I'll keep it brief.

Yes, it is a tragedy. We will mourn. Then we will find out what went
wrong, pick up the pieces, and go on with the space program. It is too
vital a part of our future to abandon.

> I apologize about the off-topic post. If you want a tech writing tie in,
> think policies and procedures, I suppose. Or just think about losing a
> shuttle and the people aboard. And say a prayer to whatever you may say
> prayers to.

No need to apologize. The post may be off-topic, but it is not out of
place. It is never out of place to acknowledge human tragedy.


Chris Winter


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