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I won’t be following every new development in the shuttle disaster. I truly feel terrible for the families of these astronauts. The idea of your entire family waiting with pride and excited expectation only to see that is wrenching. I have sympathy for the program and all of the people who feel personally invested. Obviously it’s a tragedy. But I simply do not feel swept up in the sense of national tragedy. Bush gave a wonderful speech and he backed it up by offering more money for the program, which I heartily support (I’m one of those “let’s build cathedrals in space” guys). It seems to me that if you support hurling human cargo into the farthest reaches of the cosmos, you are of necessity supporting life-or-death risk taking by incredibly brave and talented people. To me it’s a no-brainer that the space program should continue as much as it would’ve been a no-brainer that man should still explore if Lewis and Clark or Columbus had died en route.

I could psychoanalyze myself as to why I think the media is going way overboard or I could psychoanalyze everybody else instead. But maybe that would be disrespectful to those who really feel this is a JFK-assasination or Challenger-disaster kind of moment. So let me just close by saying, I don’t feel it and I suspect I am not alone.


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