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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Glenn Mahone/Robert Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington             Feb. 08, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-1600)
RELEASE: 03-060
     The Astronaut Spouses Group released the following 
statement on Friday, Feb. 7.
"We, the spouses and children of the NASA astronaut corps, 
would like to thank the people of the world from the bottom 
of our hearts for the incredible outpouring of support and 
love that you have shown us in our time of deep grief.
"NASA centers have been overwhelmed with cards, letters, 
emails, and phone calls from you expressing your concern and 
support.  We have also received hundreds of personal calls, 
emails, flowers, food, and cards at our homes. The makeshift 
shrine in front of the Johnson Space Center is overflowing 
with flowers, signs, and balloons from well wishers from all 
over the world.  Memorial services throughout the world have 
honored our dear friends. You, our brothers and sisters of 
the world community, have been a tremendous source of 
comfort and love to us and we are so grateful. We are deeply 
mourning our dear friends Rick, Willie, Mike, Kalpana, Ilan, 
Laurel, and Dave and we ask that you continue to keep their 
parents, wives, husbands, and children in your thoughts and 
"We would also like the world community to know that as 
terrible and as difficult as this journey has been and will 
continue to be for all of our families, we cannot stress 
enough how blessed and honored we feel to be counted as 
members of the NASA family. We proudly support the noble 
goals and objectives of NASA and we will continue to support 
NASA in its finest and its darkest hours.  It is our deepest 
hope that you also will continue to share in our belief and 
support of NASA's dreams.  We believe NASA is a beacon of 
hope and light to all nations, for NASA has proven beyond 
the shadow of a doubt, that peoples from all races, genders, 
cultures, religions, and political backgrounds can transcend 
those differences and become the closest of friends. And 
these friends will continue to pursue space exploration and 
scientific discovery for the single purpose of helping and 
furthering all of mankind. Thank you for your love and 
"The husbands, wives, and children of the NASA Astronaut 

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