February 1st, 2003

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Oh My God you guys. I hadn't seen any television at all yet and I just found out about the shuttle. I have chills. I'm crying. I feel so sorry for these people and their families.

I still remember how sad I was the day the Challenger exploded. I was home from work for some reason, and my neighbor Libby and I watched television and cried all day long.

Dear God please bring comfort to the families of the crew of the Columbia space shuttle.
Chalkboard

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Could this have had anything to do with the fact that Ilan Ramon was an Israeli?

"A senior law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said there had been some intelligence that raised concerns about a previously scheduled flight of Columbia, which was to have carried the same crew. The intelligence, related to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, was termed not credible, but the flight was postponed for other reasons. There had been no troubling intelligence regarding this flight, officials said." -AP

I don't know, it's just that I have become so cynical that I really don't trust information that officials give us. I'm sure most of these people speaking on television are earnest, but why now after seventeen years of successful flights? Now when the shuttle was carrying the first Israeli to fly with the shuttle?

Ramon's mother had survived Auschwitz, but his Grandfather and many other members of his extended family had died in the camps. He was taking with him a small drawing of the moon made by a fourteen year old Jewish boy who had been murdered at Auschwitz. He had stated that he would find a way to celebrate the Sabbath in space, and he was a hero to the Israeli people -- a symbol of hope for them.

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Could this have had anything to do with the fact that Ilan Ramon was an Israeli?

"A senior law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said there had been some intelligence that raised concerns about a previously scheduled flight of Columbia, which was to have carried the same crew. The intelligence, related to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, was termed not credible, but the flight was postponed for other reasons. There had been no troubling intelligence regarding this flight, officials said." -AP

I don't know, it's just that I have become so cynical that I really don't trust information that officials give us. I'm sure most of these people speaking on television are earnest, but why now after seventeen years of successful flights? Now when the shuttle was carrying the first Israeli to fly with the shuttle?

Ramon's mother had survived Auschwitz, but his Grandfather and many other members of his extended family had died in the camps. He was taking with him a small drawing of the moon made by a fourteen year old Jewish boy who had been murdered at Auschwitz. He had stated that he would find a way to celebrate the Sabbath in space, and he was a hero to the Israeli people -- a symbol of hope for them.

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