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Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107

Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 3:48am

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"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

Those words were once said by Robert Kennedy, and are as appropriate now as ever. I'm sure most of you are by now aware that the NASA space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry on Saturday, with the loss of all seven astronauts.

I grew up reading science fiction stories and watching science fiction movies. My childhood and my dreams were moulded by Star Wars and the Foundation saga, by robots and starships and that sense of wonder that there is a whole universe still left to explore. That we live in an age in which human beings can leave this planet and travel into space, even to the moon, is astonishing. My enduring heroes are the men and women from all over the world that venture beyond, daring to slip the bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.

Thank you.

The words of Alfred Lord Tennyson:

Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are -
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Commander Rick D. Husband
Pilot William C. McCool
Payload Specialist Michael P. Anderson
Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla
Mission Specialist David M. Brown
Mission Specialist Laurel B. Clark
Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 4:37am

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Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 5:11am

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cry this has been an incredible loss for india
Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla the first indian women in space cry
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 5:12am

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Perfect Quote.

Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 5:20am

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Well said Tarn. It's great to know that people don't view this as an American tragedy, but as a loss to the whole world. We (Americans) were not doing things in space to benefit us, we were working to improve living for all mankind. Living in my country for all my life, I really haven't seen or heard the views of other people. I know that this is mainly a film and special effects forum, but it is also a community of people. A place where people all over the world can come and talk about things that interest them, and in times of need, be there for each other. There are people from England, Sweden, India and the United States (to name a few) that post regulalry at this site. I see it as a great oppurtunity to get to know one another, not as film nerds, or computer geeks, but as people... brought together for one purpose, to live happily.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 5:26am

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I forgot to login but was touched by your post.
God bless the Columbia 7
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 10:05am

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To everyone,

Well said, our deepest sympathies go out to the family's of the crew, of the Columbia 7 and as people have stated - it's a place for people to come together, no matter what religion, race or even place on this earth, we can all talk.

Rich + Beci cry
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 4:54pm

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lets pray for them or something.. aaamen..
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 5:58pm

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may their spirits rest in the stars where their hearts were stolen
Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 7:19pm

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Posted: Sun, 2nd Feb 2003, 10:14pm

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+2 for Tarn, +1 for Greyo ! I liked what u guys said. neutral
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 7:04am

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This is the mission patch. Anyone know why it has mg in the shuttle? (or am I missing something obvious?)
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 12:11am

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I am humbled by the sacrifrice these 7 pioneers made. The loss is great. May their sacrifice not be in vain....

Kid "mg" is the symbol for Microgravity. It was not obvious to me either.

Heres the link to the page that shows the "symbolism" of the mission patch for STS107. It is in the description of "Photo 5: STS-107 Mission Patch".
Posted: Tue, 11th Mar 2003, 6:47pm

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The letter is not an "m", but rather the Greek letter "mu" (hence it's long tail), which is the universally accepted scientific symbol for the term "micro".