Best legacy and memorial to Columbia: Keep exploring |

Best legacy and memorial to Columbia: Keep exploring

When we lost the space shuttle Columbia, I was devastated. I have always been an advocate of the manned space program. Many naysayers are calling for the end of manned space flight. That it is just too dangerous.

Where would any of us be today if the explorers of the new world in the 1400s decided it was too risky to travel in small crafts, in dangerous seas to an unknown destination? Where would the gold country be if brave pioneers didn’t risk the trek across our country to a new and often dangerous place to reach the Sierras and California?

The best legacy and memorial we can leave to the brave crew of Columbia is to not abandon the dream, to keep the spirit of space exploration alive and keep exploring the final frontier. I wrote the following poem to express my feelings about the tragic event.

“Last Flight”

First light dawning,

Fireball spread across the sky,

Shuttle lost upon returning,

Seven souls doomed to die,

Fragments falling, falling like rain,

Crying tears from heaven,

Down to the earth again,

Seven lives gone to glory,

Gone to starlight,

Welcomed home by those before them,

To ever last light.

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