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Quotes and thoughts.\
Some quotes that I've been collecting from the news:

A paraphrased transcript of Bush's speech I typed out as he was talking:
.... A short time later, debris was seen falling from the skies above Texas...
The Columbia is lost, there are no survivors...
...on board was a crew of seven: [names] These men and women assumed great risk...
In an age when spaceflight has come to seem almost routine, it is easy to overlook the difficultues of travel by rocket and the difficulties of navigating the fierce outer atmosphere of the earth...
These astronauts knew the dangers, and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of the Courage, and daring, and idealism, we will miss them all the more...
All americans today are thinking today as well, of the families of these men and women who were given this shock and greif...
...those you love will always have the respect and gratitude of htis country...
...the cause will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the longing to understand...
...our journey into space will go on.

In the skies today we saw tragedy...As far as we can see there is hope.

[[bible talk]]:
"The creator who made the stars knows the names of the seven souls lost today."
...the crew of the shuttle columbia did not return safely to earth, yet we can play they are safely home...
...May God bless the greiving families, may God continue to bless America.

last radio trasncript, read by Dan Rather
Mission control, we see your tire pressure messages, and we do not copy your last.
Columbia, roger, buh-- [cuts off]

Random quotes
It's obvious that shuttle flights may be stopped, possibly for some years. -Moscow

We may be back flying possibly within a year. -American guy sitting in a room with lots of books

I don't know what's happening, I just want it to be better. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid (doesn't everyone?) and although I doubt I'll ever get into space, I would still love to work on the NASA program. I want to improve the space program, I want to make things better because it can be.

I want to get to space. And if I can't, I want other people to be able to.

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I didn't know that you wanted to be an astronaut... so did I, for a very long time. Something about the vast infinity around us is exciting and terrifying and calming to the human mind, like wading into the ocean.

I didn't know Bush was going to talk, I had turned off the TV finally and someone told me he was giving a speech when he was already about halfway through. I caught the bible talk, but missed the "our journey will go on" part. This other guy on the news was talking about how there was already really low support for the space program with all the other stuff that's been going on in the past few years though. So I'm not sure what's going to happen either. *crosses fingers and hopes there will still be a space program*

I never knew you wanted to be an astronaut, I dont think this will hurt the space program, the Challenger proved that

Thanks for posting the transcripts.

Everyone wants to be an astronaut when they are kids, don't they? I always thought everyone did, and beginning seems to feel similarly.

I love space. I don't think that we do the space program justice: I feel it deserves more funding than it gets.

I love the idea of looking down at the earth. I love space shuttle america, at Great America, because it just seems such a cool idea. Space Shuttle America is a motion-movie ride, for those of you who don't know, where you sit in and a film plays, and the seats move. It gets old, but I still love to go in there and ride it... have a big poster from it in my room somewhere at home.

I think that the Challenger incident did hurt the space program. I feel that it made the shuttle program seem "unsafe" to the American people. I don't think that's as much of an issue now, because the shuttle program is well tested. But I do think that it made the shuttle seem like a bad idea, and one source I read sai that incident came close to ending the shuttle program entirely.

I don't think this will be as much of an issue. It was a problem, but it was not a design flaw as it was in the case of the challenger. The columbia broke apart, but it was because of a problem unrelated to the shuttle itself. the >100 shuttle flights have proven that it is a viable, working system. The shuttle system is a workable system.

However, this will undermime the confidence of the American people in the space program. People will say "look! it blows up 2% of the time!"

I love space. I love everything it entails. I want to travel to the stars. I want to be able to look up at night and see a totally different sky than I do now.

I love the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. Not because it makes sense, or because it's good theories on science, or anything like that. I like the fact that Arthur gets to see the universe. They just travel to all these exotic places.

It won't happen in my lifetime. But I love exploring, and I wish I could explore more than just this earth.

Read my second post, but I never wanted to be an astronaut, it's not something that ever occured to me. I've been to NASA since my cousins live right near NASA and I think I've been to Cape Canaveral (sp?) as well.

I agree that they deserve more funding, and by not hurt the space program, I meant in the sense that it continued, they didnt end it because it's potential for success was more than the the potential of disaster. I know they're talking about some tile problem, but I must admit I don't understand it because I didn't evem know the Columbia was in space.

2% of time is exactly the point. Grandma is sitting with me here at the table and arguing about how they should stop this nonsense and Im arguing that 14 dead in 30odd years is not a high ratio. And as much as I hate Bush, I liked his line about the naming of the stars.

And I love Guide, you were the only one to properly answer my meaning of life question in my poll, so I knew you'd read it. :)

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