January 31, 2004

Fallen Star


This cartoon was created the day of the Columbia Shuttle disaster. It appeared on Little Green Footballs and other Web sites.

Last year, Capitalism Magazine posted two op-eds about Columbia. The Spirit of the Space Shuttle Columbia: The Essence of the American Soul by Robert Garmong.

The ground of east Texas trembled with the horror overhead. The shock waves spread as the worst fears were confirmed: space shuttle Columbia had turned from a high-precision machine into a lifeless meteor, its crew lost. Americans were hit with a degree of shock not equaled since September 11. [...] Only something that struck uniquely close to the American soul could have caused the degree of shock and horror with which we have responded to the Columbia disaster.

And Hail Columbia by Nicholas Provenzo.

Those of us who remember the loss of the Challenger and the Apollo fire before then, are reminded that great leaps often entail great risks. Yet we should be loath to say that the heroes of Columbia died for space flight. They lived for it, and that included the real risk that they might die. They turned space into a new frontier; a frontier that speaks to our every potential as a species.

The New York Post recently reported: Star-Log Miracle. (Via LGF)

Disintegrating pages of a diary that an Israeli astronaut wrote during the doomed Columbia space shuttle mission were miraculously found in Texas, it was disclosed yesterday. Ilan Ramon, an Israeli air force combat pilot, recorded his thoughts about the mission, starting from takeoff, in the handwritten journal. But no one knew of its existence until a Native American scouring Texas fields for debris after the shuttle crash spotted the charred first page.

UPDATE Feb. 1: Columbia Astronauts Remembered at Space Center.

NASA workers who launched Columbia into orbit, volunteers who rummaged the fields for the shuttle's remains, everyday supporters of the space program, even hardcore football fans are uniting on this first anniversary of the catastrophe to mourn and to remember.

Posted by Forkum at January 31, 2004 07:59 AM