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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

 

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

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