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so long, Mars [Feb. 1st, 2003|10:37 am]
Roy Janik
shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.

The space shuttle Columbia exploded this morning on its way in to land. Seven astronauts died. It's a horrific tragedy, and these brave men and women deserved a longer life.

But something else causes me to despair. I don't know if you guys remember when the Challenger exploded, but NASA basically ceased all manned space flights for a very long time. And when the spaceflights came back finally, after like 4 years, NASA seemed much more timid in its goals. Indeed, NASA has never really recovered its former glory. Budgets kept getting slashed, and public interest never picked up again. Only just in the past month was it announced the ill-fated "Teacher in Space" program was going to be re-instated. What are the chances that will still happen?

Maybe I've read too many science fiction books (I have) but I really feel that the exploration of space is vitally important to mankind. And this may very well kill it for the foreseable future.

But that's all speculation. For now I'm just pissed and saddened that 7 of the people who pave our future are dead.

From: alteryego
2003-02-01 08:59 am (UTC)
I agree. They need more money and more support from the public. I'm wondering how long they can realistically go without a mission, though, because there's an international space station that needs to be maintained...It would be a shame to have to shut that down on top of everything else...
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[User Picture]From: zeitgeist
2003-02-01 12:16 pm (UTC)
Well, you basically said what I've been thinking.

I agree completely about the importance of space exploration. I feel sick right now, and very worried about the future of our species.
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[User Picture]From: cha_chee
2003-02-01 01:27 pm (UTC)


You see, if we had all just stayed at home, worked NORMAL jobs, and went to church every sunday, nobody would be blown up right now and everybody would love each other.
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