Friday, January 28, 2011


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth 
And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds....

Apollo 1
Caught fire January 27th, 1963 - no survivors. 

- and done a hundred things 
you have not dreamed of - 

Crew of Apollo 1
Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White, Roger B Chaffee

Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence
Hovering there -  

The Challenger, exploded January 28th, 1986,
No Survivors. 

 My eager craft through footless halls of air
Up, up, up the long delirious burning,  blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Crew of the Challenger
Michael J Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair
Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick

Where never lark or even an eagle flew
And while with silent lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space...

Shuttle Columbia, February 1st, 2003, exploded, no Survivors

Put out my hand....

Crew of the Shuttle Columbia
Rick D Husband., William C  McCool, Micheal P Anderson,
 Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla,  David M Brown, Laurel Clark

....and touched the face of God. 

High Flight
by    John  Gillespie Magee, Jr. 

1 comment:

  1. A nice tribute to those who died in what we often forget is still a very dangerous profession.