"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2 1/2-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious...
"Our long wait may be over. So on behalf of the many millions of people who believe so deeply in what we do, good luck, Godspeed - and have a little fun up there," launch director Mike Leinbach told the astronauts right before liftoff.
It was a beautiful site to see an American shuttle back into space as China has thoroughly dominated the media regarding its space program (with an annoucement that the government plans on sending women into space no later than 2010).
Over 100 camera's and two chase planes documented the shuttle's accent from every possible angle in order to observe any signs of debris that doomed the last shuttle Columbia. NASA will not release whether or not the shuttle safely flew without incident until half way through the flight, but from all indications the lift off has gone extremely well.
NASA's chief acknowledged a lot is riding on the flight: the shuttle program, the space station program, President Bush's plan to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars - and seven lives.
"It's about hope, it's about imagination, it's about the future, and when you take away a great space program, you take away a lot of people's future," [NASA Administrator Michael] Griffin told the AP. "What's riding on this flight is people's hope for the future."
Indeed it is. The very fact that this shuttle has launched indicates America is ready to resume the space race once again. God speed and good luck!
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