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25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by SDRaiderH8er, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. SDRaiderH8er

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    Man, this makes me feel so old........My youngest daughter was six weeks old at the time, and I wrote about the Challenger disaster in her baby book. My husband had woke me up that morning to tell me the news; we sat there in front of the TV watching the explosion replayed over and over, and all I could think about was Christa McAuliffe and her poor parents, who looked so confused at first and then horrified as they realized what had happened.

    I went into town later, and the few people who were out and about just walked around in a daze. Nobody spoke; nobody seemed to know what to say except for President Reagan, whose speech about how the Challenger crew had "slipped the surly bonds of Earth, to touch the face of God" still gives me chills, even though I know those weren't his own words.
     
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    25 years, my how time flies.

    here is the poem that those words came from

    High Flight
    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
    And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
    The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

    Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
    No 412 squadron, RCAF
    Killed 11 December 1941
     

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