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Re: Alike 911 unheard warnings retired NASA engineeralert



And taking that risk,is learning how to do it.
So the fire in MIR was not a next Russian acident,
but a dangarous still important lesson,
if we want to go to the stars and become astronauts,
we need to learn how to live and work there,
close to home,as comonauts....
(oh those Russians......)

Chris PA5RWE

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon Ogden" <na9d-2@speakeasy.net>
To: "Daniel Schultz" <n8fgv@usa.net>; <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 4:26 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Alike 911 unheard warnings retired NASA
engineeralert


> on 2/4/03 8:23 AM, Daniel Schultz at n8fgv@usa.net wrote:
>
> > The astronauts knew that what they were doing was dangerous and they did
it
> > anyway because they thought, as Gus Grissom did, that the conquest of
space
> > was worth the risk of life.
>
> Hear! Hear!
>
> That's an excellent statement and a very good post!
>
> And new and exploratory endeavor involves risk and possible loss of life.
> When you look at the dangerous nature of space travel and how harsh an
> environment space is, it's amazing that in 40 years of space flight we
have
> lost fewer than 20 lives.  Every day there are probably 20 people killed
in
> auto accidents on our highways.
>
> Nothing great is ever accomplished w/o risk or sacrifice.  That is for
sure.
> And I applaud the families of those who perished for saying we must press
> on.  They all knew the risks.
>
> Our society is so risk averse and so afraid of danger.  If our society
> existed 600 years ago, Columbus would never have sailed, nor deGama, nor
> Magellan, etc.
>
> Finally, I think we do tend to honor the 7 lives lost above other lost
lives
> because they were aspiring to do something great and were on the cutting
> edge.  There's something about those who push the envelope and we tend to
> idolize them.  Should we value their lives more than those who died in the
> copter crash in Afghanistan?  Perhaps we shouldn't as all are heroes. But
we
> do.
>
> 73,
>
> Jon
> NA9D
> -------------------------------------
> Jon Ogden
> NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
>
> Citizen of the People's Democratic Republik of Illinois
>
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>
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>
> "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
>
>
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