Discovery rises to the occasion!
But then I thought more about how apropo the name Discovery is in the context of a letter I wrote to the editor shortly after the demise of Columbia.
Here is a copy of that letter:
This is what it says:
As I have contemplated the impact of the space shuttle Columbia's demise and the subsequent heightened arguments for the end of such missions I am reminded of one man whose name Columbia honors--Christopher Columbus.Columbus lived in a day when the Atlantic Ocean was much like space is to us. Venturing into that vast ocean was an expensive undertaking and was no less risky than a ride on a shuttle into space. Columbus and his contemporary explorers set out to find the unknown. Many lost their lives. But they did not give up. Neither should we.
In honor of Columbia and Christopher Columbus, we shall rise to the occasion and never give up.
Kelly (February 2003: Deseret News Editorial page)
I add to those words I penned at that time..."and just as Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries did we will set sail on a voyage of discovery on the space shuttle Discovery.
And in the words of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin speaking of the July 4, 2006 launch:
"They don't get much better than this."
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