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Mousie’s Gone Martian!

Posted in Animals, Holidays, NASA, Pets, Space, Traveling on November 29, 2015 by Morguie
The Gig Is Up…They Got ME!
Gosh, can’t a mouse have a little peace and vacation time without the paparazzo? 
So, there you have it kids, that’s why you haven’t seen me in a while….
Hope this finds you all well…I have been away and thus unable to keep regular in here…but I hope you haven’t given up on us…we will be back as soon as the holidays pass, maybe sooner. Take care, and thanks for stopping in to see what we are up to.

CJ and Morguie

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In Memoriam : Columbia Crew

Posted in Airplane crash, Death, Grief, Heroism, History, Inspiration, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Mourning, NASA, Patriotism, Poetry, Remembrance, Space, Thought For Today, Tragic death with tags , , , , on February 1, 2015 by Morguie

Re-publishing this post we wrote a year ago, honoring the Shuttle crew of the tragic accident which claimed their lives just prior to their landing in Texas in 2003.

 

In Memoriam: COLUMBIA CREW — 02/01/2003

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“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 wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

———–John Gillespie Magee

 

Shuttle Columbia - front middle - Arlington Na...

Shuttle Columbia – front middle – Arlington National Cemetery – 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Not To Be Forgotten

Posted in Death, Family, Grief, Heroism, History, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Mourning, NASA, Patriotism, Remembrance, Space, Thought For Today, Tragic death with tags , , , on January 28, 2015 by Morguie
English: Memorial of the Space Shuttle Challenger

English: Memorial of the Space Shuttle Challenger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Space Shuttle Challenger’s smoke plume after the in-flight breakup that killed all seven crew members. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Memorial plaque of The Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

January 28, 1986 –  Space Shuttle CHALLENGER exploded just seconds after launching at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It was a shocking, surreal vision to behold across televisions all across America, even around the globe. Once again, we honor the astronauts who perished that day with this post of remembrance.

 

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I remember well what I was just going to leave the house to do that morning…I’d just gotten off of my graveyard shift as a waitress at Denny’s…I had glimpsed the t.v. as I headed out the door to pick up my wedding invitations, which were freshly printed at the “P.I.P” place…I half-consciously heard something on the news in the car…about some sort of explosion…yeah, I thought to myself, that must have been the plumy white smoke I saw on the t.v. a minute ago…by the time I got back home, it was the ONLY thing on any news, whether via radio or via t.v.

We didn’t have 24-hr CNN then.

All day long…they looped that horrid footage of that terrible explosion.

 

I kept thinking to myself: wow, all those school kids and these astronauts’ families were standing by and watching this nightmare unfold, ‘live.’

I remember praying that perhaps, even against all real odds, that MAYBE they would be able to rescue the crew. Who knew that the heat was so intense as to practically incinerate those poor people alive?

I prayed that they were unconscious and unable to know the pain of that inferno.

 

R.I.P.

©C.S. Thompson, 2015.

 

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