Re: OT: The Columbia?

Subject: Re: OT: The Columbia?
From: "Karen L. Zorn" <klzorn -at- zorntech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 12:33:19 -0700

> My deepfelt sympathies to the families of the astronauts, but IMHO, the
> oddysey of 2001 is still a long ways off.

Yes, it is a long way off. I remember being a little kid on Halloween night
watching Sputnik blink as it transversed the night sky. How scary, how
exciting! Then the morning of the first manned space flight. How we sat in
front of the TV until the rocket launched, then Mom bundled us into the car
to make it to school just in time to hear the end of the flight on the

The exploration of space has been a thing of fiction; an exciting dream; a
lure of exploration. Dreams spark goals. Goals create efforts leading to
achievement. Achievement has inherent risks. To stop dreaming, to stop
exploring, to stop speculating in fiction would be a great loss to all

The contributions the space program in the US and Russia have made to
science, medicine, and technology are too numerous to count. Just look at
your desk and evaluate what is there that wouldn't be if the space programs
did not exist.

This morning on the Today show, Mrs. Husband, wife of the Columbia
commander, read a statement prepared by the families. They encourage the
government to continue with the space program. They acknowledge their
losses, and stated that their loved ones knew, understood, and accepted the
risks of going into space. If all explorers, going back to the first
caveman who ventured beyond familiar territory, didn't explore because of
the possibility they wouldn't come back, where would we be?

Karen L. Zorn


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