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In Memoriam…

January 29, 2011

Astronaut Memorial Patch

I’m a couple of days late at this. The 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion was on January 27, and I understand that NASA now has a yearly memorial service to honor the fallen from Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia.

There is a very fine web site devoted to all the astronauts and cosmonauts who lost their lives. You can find it here. The site owner, Scott Furtaw, has links for each of the astronauts and cosmonauts, as well as other information  about honors, memorial services, and Presidential speeches. I urge you to take a look. We need to remember these people. Space flight is still dangerous, and never routine, and because the TV networks no longer televise each “space shot” we don’t even always know when itthey are taking place. We have had a continuously-occupied space station since November 2, 2000. Do you realize that? For over ten years, we have had people occupying a space station! It doesn’t look like the von Braun wheel station, or even the one in “2001,” but it’s up there and it’s working!

We just need the will to travel among the stars, friends. The rest is just engineering…

What we thought we might get...

What we have now (as of 2009)

What we may still have someday...

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