The staff of AeroWorldNet joins with the world in mourning the loss of the brave astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. Their willingness to "slip the surly bonds of earth" and explore the future of space will not be forgotten. These brave seven have suddenly and tragically been inducted into the hall of honor of space exploration.
There are no other words to express our feelings, but over the days, weeks, months and years to come the world will find new words to describe the heroism of this crew and the brave, but tragic end to a mission that these particular heroes had sought, earned and in the end, did not deserve.
May God bless their sacrifice.
February 4, 2003
We were unable to watch today’s memorial service for the lost crew of Columbia on live TV but finally, toward the end of the workday, we were able to see it via the Internet as previously filmed by C-SPAN. As the final notes of music faded softly at the conclusion of the moving service, I looked to the western sky where the clouds were already pink with the expectant loss of the day. There in the far distance in shiny gossamer was the tiny contrail of a plane flying high to some eventual destination. As the streak slowly arced across the sky I could imagine the crew settled in their seats looking forward to their arrival.
To the crew of STS-107, we will always remember your journey across the heavens and pray that you are, in the words of President Bush, safely home.