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Astronauts homeward-bound to eternal home

Astronauts homeward-bound to eternal home

It1s 5:50 a.m. at the Highway 20 overlook.

Through sparse rain clouds, softly lit by Nevada City and Grass Valley lights below, Columbia1s glowing reentry breaks into view from the west to streak its fiery plasma glow across the dark, early-morning southern sky.



Seven of our best are supersonically homeward-bound.

Susie and I cheer them on and wish them godspeed on our second returning space shuttle field trip.




Barely a minute is gone and the shuttle vanishes eastward, leaving it1s glowing plasma trail as its 3good morning² greeting to the Sierras.

Little did we know, before completing our short drive back to our own warm home, our seven space heroes had entered their eternal home.

God1s speed, Brave Ones, God1s speed.

Father, comfort the families they leave.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3)

In their memory:

STS 107

Rick D. Husband

William C. McCool

Michael P Anderson

Kalpana Chawla

David M. Brown

Laura B. Clark

Ilan Ramon

Steve Sagan

Grass Valley


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