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Memories of Green

[cue the music from Vangelis]

I thought I'd wait a few days before posting. The time was needed, to get over the shock. Images spoke louder than the newscasters, as I could tell almost immediately that something was seriously wrong. Having seen the shuttle flying overhead on a course for landing, I knew that this was not the way it was meant to be. And the moment that the images showed breakup, all I could say was 'Dear God, no... not again.'

I remember Challenger. I remember it as if it was yesterday. You tend not to forget those images, scenes that are permanently burned into the mind and soul, made a part of the psyche. Scenes of disaster such as Columbia and Challenger, scenes of war such as the lights over Bahgdad when the Gulf War began. Scenes of victory when the Berlin Wall fell without a shot being fired, scenes of defiance such as the lone individual standing before the tanks in Beijing. Scenes of success, of both Apollo 11 and those black and white images coming from the moon, and of Apollo 13, in bringing back alive the 3 astronauts.

Exploration of new territories is always risky. Such was the truth when man first wandered out of the wilderness, and such is true to this day. As long as there are places we've never been, things we've never seen in person, we're going to climb those mountains, soar along the air currents, and fly through the black vaccuum of space to go there. There will always be those who'll give their lives in that exploration, and they are to be honored and treasured, much as the adventurers of old were. Amundsen and Scott, Columbus and Magellen, Marco Polo and Alexander the Great, all went places where no one had been before. Some, like Scott and Magellen, never made it back... but they live on for what they tried to accomplish.

Honor them for what they tried to accomplish. Honor them for reminding us that explorers take risks, and that we should never look down upon them for taking those risks for us. Eventually we'll climb off this world and head out into the darkness, and they will be the ones who guided us there.

Honor them in your thoughts and in your hearts.

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Naturally, working for a company that's involved with the shuttle, you could guess what the conversation topics were this morning. It was... interesting to hear such viewpoints on what happened, how it happened, and who is to blame. Eventually we will find out, but it's not the sort of thing I'm going to repeat.

And naturally, being a Monday, things at work were... interesting in other respects. I'd rather not go through a day like this again, thank you very much.

Enough for now...


Tal Greywolf

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