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Columbia

I just found out within the last hour. My reaction is similar to my reaction to 9-11... strangely unaffected at first, slowly giving way to a sick feeling and the sensation of sinking down into the black goo of depression.

Thousands of people died yesterday. I didn't know any of them. I don't know why these seven people should command any greater portion of my heart than all the people who died in car wrecks, or the children who died of dysentery and malnutrition, or any of the hopeless souls who took their own lives yesterday (my time - it's noon Sunday
here in Australia).

I know this won't end space exploration, and the ship itself had no living mind. No reason to grieve for a machine nor for the abstraction of space exploration. Hopefully this will prompt the Federal government to pony up for a new generation of vehicles and give the current shuttle design its much-needed and well-earned retirement. The shuttle was designed in the 70's and never meant to serve as the workhorse of the entire space program. Well, this is not the time for this sort of opining.

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