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"We've grown used to won- ders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They were pioneers. "The crew of the space shuttle honored us by the manner inwhich they livedtheir lives.Wewill never forget them, nor the last time we saw them as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of G-dY Presi- dent Ronald Reagan spoke the abovewords on January 28th, 1986- hours after the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Our nation suffered the pain of revisiting this tragedy one month ago. As we all know too well, NASA's first space shuttle to go into orbit - Columbia - disintegrated upon reentering the earth's atmosphere, as space watchers witnessed a trail of smoke traverse the blue skies of Texas instead of the orbiter's touchdown on the runways of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As Americans waiting for an impending United States attack on Iraq, our national pride suf- fered a crushing blow on the morning of February 1, 2003. Like the shuttle missions be- fore it, STS-107 was a journey to a place where none of us have ever been - a voyage of the Family Owned Since 1954 Open Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 6 Same Day Service Available I on any On Pumps * Filters * Heaters I service I call Weekly Pool Service Equipment Repair I expires 3/31/03 Automatic Pool Cleaners - Pool Supplies t, == == == == =. Chlorine Generators Polaris Hayward ,Starite 631 N. 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The academic credentials of the astronauts included degrees in computer science, aeronau- tical engineering, physics, as- tronomy, biology, medicine, aerospace engineering, zoology, electronics and computer engi- neering. It is ironic that per- haps the most important lesson they passed onto us was one in human nature. The breathtakingviews of the Earth from space gave the as- tronauts the opportunity to see our world in its beautiful and peaceful entirety - free of bor- ders, free of hatred and free of the threat of terrorism.We must learn from the crew that al- though we may not share the same views or values as our fellow man, we need to do any- ning possible to try and bridge the gap - the safety of our world depends on it. The families of the crew, NASA workers and mourners worldwide united to pay their repects to their lost loved ones. Hopefully this will prove to be the beginning of more toler- ance, communication, under- standing and respect of each other's differences. Rick Husband, 45, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was a test pilot and veteran of one space- flight. He served as commander for STS-107. Selected by NASA in December 1994, Husband served as the pilot of STS-96 in 1999 - a 10-day mission during which the crew performed the first docking with the Interna- tional Space Station. Prior to STS-107, Husband logged more than 235 hours in space. Will- iam C. McCool, 41, a com- mander in the U.S. Navy, was a former test pilot He served as pilot for STS-107. Selected by NASA in April 1996, McCool was making his first spaceflight. Michael P. Anderson, 43, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was a former instruc- tor pilot and tactical officer, and a veteran of one spaceflight. He served as Payload Commander and Mission Specialist3 for STS- 107. Selected by NASA in De- cember 1994, Anderson flew on STS-89 in 1998 - the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission. Prior to STS-107, Anderson logged over 211 hours in space. David M. Brown, 46, a cap- tain in the U.S. Navy, was a naval aviator and flight surgeon. He served as Mission Specialist 1 for STS- 107. Selected by NASA affects various physical pro- cesses. Prior to STS- 107, Chawla logged more than 376 hours in space. Laurel Clark, 41, a com- mander in the U.S. Navy and a naval flight surgeon, was Mis- sion Specialist 4 on STS-107. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Clark was making her first spaceflight. Ilan Ramon, 48, a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, was a fighter pilot who was the only payload specialist on STS-107. Ramon was selected as a Pay- load Specialist by the Israeli Air Force in 1997 and approved by NASA in 1998. He reported for training at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston in July 1998 and was making his first spaceflight. Long before Colonel Ilan Ramon flew into space, he was the youngest pilot (27 at the time) to take part in the June 17, 1981 Israeli air strike on the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq. While the death of Colonel Ramon was no more of a trag- edy than those of the other six astronauts, as Jews, we could not help but take his loss on a more personal level. When the Shuttle Columbia tookofffrom the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of Janu- ary 16th, it carried with it the hopes of an entire nation. Jews across the globe placed their focus on the first Israeli to make it into space. It is no secret that the daily happenings of NASA go unnoticed by many, yet this mission seemed to be the ex- ception. Family members, friends and co-workers discussed the excite- ment surrounding the first Is- raeli astronaut and the respon- sibility he took upon himself to become an ambassador of the Jewish people while the eyes of the world were upon him. We watched the news with excite- ment as Ramon chatted with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The story had an enormouS feel-good quality to itWe learned that Colonel Ramon asked NASA to provide kosher meals and that he consulted with rabbini- cal authorities with regard to the observance of Shabbat. Merely judging those acts - it is safe to assume that Colonel Ramon went far and beyond his obligations in performing these tremendous deeds. When we take a look at the larger picture, though, we find that, more im- portantly, Ilan Ramon reminded Jews throughout the world that we could live ourdaily liveswith pride in our Judaism. Approximately 80 percent of the data from STS-107's experi- ments were transmitted to Earth before the vessel's de- struction. Let us hope that Colo- nel Ramon's more important lesson of the proper way to act as a Jew will be salvaged from the wreckage as well.- The first verse of the seventh chapterofShelomo Hamelech'S (King Solomon) Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) states: "A good name is better than good oil, in April 1996, Brown was mak- and the day of death than the ing his first spaceflight, day of birth." Colonel Ilan Kalpana Chawla, 41, was an Ramon achieved more on the aerospace engineer and an FAA final days of his life than any of Certified Flight Instructor. us could ever hope to in the Chawla served as Flight Engi- span of a lifetime. neer and Mission Specialist 2 May Colonel Ramon s for STS-107. Selected by NASA memory be blessed and may we in December 1994, Chawlawas take his lessons to heart for the prime robotic arm operator" gerierations to come. on STS-87 in 1997, the fourth JerernyChemikoffisagradw U.S. Microgravity Payload flight ate ofYeshiva University and iS STS-87 focused on how the currently an editor at Image weightless environment ofspace Magazine.