Saturday, January 28, 2006

Icarus Rising... A Memorial to the Crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger

Icarus Rising... A Memorial to the Crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Today is the 20th anniversary of the Challenger disaster which set back the American space program.

The blogged site of the day is a memorial site interpretating the Challenger disaster in terms of the Greek myth of Icarus.

Q from Star Tek: The Next Generation (yes, fiction) noted about space exploration, "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."

This may sound harsh but it is probably true. Disasters such as the Challenger explosion are horrid but they will happen again if we are serious about leaving Earth and exploring the Universe. Are we afraid? Can death stop us from taking our rightful place amongst the stars?

The future will determine this. How far can we advance the exploration of space in our lifetimes?

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