Statement from the Spouses and Children of the NASA Astronaut Corps
February 7, 2003
Dear Friends of East
We, the spouses and children
of the astronaut corps, would like to humbly thank you for all you
have done to support NASA and the astronauts during their time in
your area. We greatly appreciate the Herculean efforts you all have
made to help our husbands and wives find our fallen friends and
the space shuttle debris.
left are Commander Rick Husband, Pilot William McCool, Mission Specialists
David Brown and Laurel Clark, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, Payload
Commander Michael Anderson and Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla.
We can only imagine how
your communities have been overrun and interrupted by all of the
media and federal agencies which have descended upon you. We thank
you for so graciously enduring the traffic problems, the school
closings, security checks, media inquiries, and the many other inconveniences.
Hopefully, they will be short-lived and you will soon be able to
return to your normal routines.
We are awed and deeply
appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support and love you
have shown for the NASA community and we thank you from the bottom
of our hearts. Our spouses have shared with us that you have walked
arm and arm through fields with them, arrived with truckloads of
food and drinks, and have even offered to open your homes to them.
At a time when we are all experiencing such deep and harrowing grief
for our dear friends Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Mike Anderson,
Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, Dave Brown, and Ilan Ramon, your love,
kindness, and support have been a tremendous comfort to us. Again,
we thank you.
The husbands, wives,
and children of the NASA Astronaut Corps.