Wednesday, February 1, 2006

On this date in 1861, the state of Texas seceded from the Union as part of the American Civil War.  On the same date in 2003, the space shuttle Columbia and her crew were lost.  In just 142 years we went from fighting amongst ourselves to chasing our dreams into the heavenly stars above.  How fortunate we should feel to live in a country that has chosen to unite with the world – dedicated to space exploration and scientific discovery.  Maybe, decades from now, that spirit of unity and cooperation will usher in an era when war is a thing of the past.

Today I choose to remember the Columbia crew who gave their lives in pursuit of a dream:

Rick Husband
Kalpana Chawla
Laurel Clark
Ilan Ramon
David Brown
William McCool
Michae Anderson

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