Wednesday, April 12, 2006

25 Years Ago Today

25 years ago yesterday,
On 12-APR-1981,
The worlds first space shuttle was launched.
She was called Columbia.
Her mission number was STS-1.
Commander John Young and Pilot Bob Crippen took her on her first flight.
She brought forth a new age in space travel.
The age of reusable space craft.

3 years ago on her 28th flight,
On 01-FEB-2003,
She fell victim to the hazardous environment in which she had so often flown before.
Her mission number was STS-107.
Her final crew included Commander Rick D. Husband, Pilot William C. McCool, Payload Specialist Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist David M. Brown, Mission Specialist Laurel B. Clark, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon (Israel).
She has begun a new age.
An age were all missions are carried out with the utmost of care.

Of all her accomplishments,
One of he most interesting was carrying the first Israeli astronaut into space.

Ilan Ramon was a Colonel in the Israeli Air Force.
He was a fighter pilot.

May we never forget those who cannot return.

4 comments:

  1. My grandmother discovered a piece of the Columbia in her back yard. It was very disturbing.

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  2. May we never forget them nor the price thei paid to make the world a better place.

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