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Re: Shuttle OT

This is in reference to why we grieve more with the shuttle than perhaps the
family of five who die in a traffic accident.  There is a strong sense of
national pride associated with things like the space program/military/etc.
Therefore when something catastrophic happens to one of these projects the
nations mourns as if they each individual was wounded.  Think of the folks in
the post Soviet Union who were told that they're nation was the strongest, most
powerful and since the late eighties have suffered one embarrasing defeat after
another.  Is there any wonder why those folks have had such a hard time since.


Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> May I just add this observation from the perspective of age.  I think we
> grieve more for those of us who are left behind than for those who died.
> Tragic as it is, they were doing what they loved to do - were totally
> dedicated to their cause, and fully accepted the risks involved because they
> valued their objectives.  They are really blessed to leave life at the peak
> of their accomplishments, having achieved what they wanted most to do.  No
> long decline into the frustrations and weaknesses of old age.  But to those
> of us who remain, the loss is devastating.  Auralie
> In a message dated 02/04/2003 8:51:19 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> lyoung@grindertaber.com writes:
> > Melody, I agree completely.  The space program is about so much more
> > than exploration of the stars.  The scientific advances made possible
> > have benefited us all and, I suspect, we have only begun to mine the
> > data already made available.  The astronauts are incredibly gifted minds
> > who are willing to risk their lives repeatedly in the pursuit of
> > knowledge.  Their dedication should be an example for us all - whatever
> > your endeavor bring everything you have to it with a single-minded
> > determination to do the best job you can.
> >
> > I'm with Buzz - I'd do it in a minute if I had the opportunity!
> >
> > Lynda
> > Zone 7 - West Tn
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf Of Melody
> > Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 5:09 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] Shuttle OT
> >
> >
> > Lynda: I saw an interview this morning on Good Morning America with the
> > wife of the Challenger's commander who died all those years ago...she is
> > counseling the families of the Columbia and is in daily contact with
> > them all...it was amazing how all the family members who were
> > interviewed keep coming back to the same point...these astronauts are
> > all incredibly dedicated US citizens who gladly serve in such a
> > dangerous occupation because they believe the price of the knowledge
> > that has been given to the human race by space exploration is worth
> > it...When one stops to consider all of the remarkable things that have
> > become common place technology that were pioneered by NASA and the
> > astronauts--microwaves, digital communications, computerization
> > technology, teflon, kevlar which is the stuff police vests are made
> > of--the list is endless, then one begins to get a sense of the awesome
> > sacrifice that these folks and their families make. Interestingly
> > enough, I heard that Buzz Aldrin has said that even given the recent
> > tragedy of the Columbia, he would give just about anything to go back to
> > space one more time. Wish I could go with him!!!
> >
> >
> > Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> >
> > "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> > --Albert Einstein
> >
> > --- On Mon 02/03, Lynda Young <lyoung@grindertaber.com >wrote:
> > From: Lynda Young [mailto: lyoung@grindertaber.com]
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 07:48:37 -0600
> > Subject: [CHAT] Shuttle OT
> >
> > We get so complacent about the inherent danger involved that such
> > accidents stun and leave us feeling numb with horror and grief.  I just
> > keep reminding myself that the science the space program is doing so
> > important that some good will eventually come of this.  Of course, my
> > heart aches for the families and all the workers so intimately connected
> > at NASA.
> >
> > Lynda
> > Zone 7 - West TN
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