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7 people have made this world proud by giving us new things to think about when it comes to space, they have given us new discoveries that only an amzing astronaugt could give us. They risk their lives so we can get a better understanding of space and our own planet and now we have lost those 7 great minds. I really hope that nothing like this happens ever again, noone should have to go through that ever. May they rest in peace.
Yesterday was such a sad day.

I got to work at 9 AM and immediately heard that they'd lost contact wtih the shuttle. For the rest of the day, I refreshed CNN.com, getting more and more heart-wrenching details.

The world is in such short supply of heroes and role models, but for me, astronauts have consistently represented the best of the best of humankind. Smart, determined, phenomenally courageous, and worthy of great respect. They all work so hard for so long to get where they are.

In 6th grade, I watched the Challenger blow up while standing outside my classroom and looking up at the sky. Just watching the film yesterday of the shuttle breaking apart was enough flood me again with emotion. Such a tragedy.
My father worked for NASA around the time I was born (1972)... I grew up around stories of the Apollo missions (apparently nobody at my dad's tracking station slept for over two weeks during the Apollo 13 crisis), and the space shuttle captured the imagination of my whole family. We had scale models (like the model planes you can buy in kits) of the shuttle Columbia, both by itself and piggybacked on a 747 jet... and I spent months drawing pictures of that spacecraft, back in 1981.

Again, like others of you, I recall the tragedy of the Challenger disaster. I dreamt of it, the night it happened (I lived in Australia back then, and it was night-time there when we got that sad news... I guess I must have heard it in my sleep, on the radio I kept by my bed... when I woke up the next morning and found out it had really happened, well, it was eerie!)...

My husband was reading online news reports yesterday afternoon about the Columbia, and he happened to mention "Isn't it strange? Around this time of the year is when Challenger happened to go down. In fact, it says here that a few days ago, the Columbia crew held a memorial for Challenger..." - and right then I just lost it. I just started to sob my heart out for those seven brave souls... may they rest in peace...
A very sad time. Uncannily, I put on Peter Gabriel's latest CD, Up, today and found myself listening to the last track, a lovely piano-led track called "The Drop". The words speak for themselves:

moving down the fuselage
toward the open door
catch you looking down outside
to see what lies ahead

one by one
you watch them fall
fall through cloud
one by one
you watch them fall
no idea where they're going
but down

where they've gone
where they've gone

watching as the sun goes down
i sit inside this plane
notice how the city lights
are like the nerves inside the brain

one by one
they're going out
you watch them dim

one by one

you watch them fall
and wonder where they're falling to
In watching all the coverage this weekend, and especially seeing interviews with the astronauts, it once again brings home the fact that astronauts truly are special people.
They are brilliant scientists, physically in top shape, and the thing that I noticed the most about them, is the sparkle in their eyes because they love what they do so much...
They know what they do is dangerous, but you can tell they love it to the core of their being. It's sad that this job they love so much can be so dangerous that they can be gone in the snap of your fingers.... Frowner
May they rest in peace...
Deliberately not watching the coverage because it's only a matter of time before the media does more than what is tasteful. (May have happened already but I don't know.)

All I could think about is those 9 children who don't have dads anymore, and about the open letter one of the children of the Challenger astronauts wrote to comfort the children who lost parents in 9/11. She said that "you will have to watch your mom or dad die hundreds of times on TV and you'll never understand why they're doing it.

I turned off the TV.

Heroes in the sky. RIP.

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