Statement from the Spouses and Children of the NASA Astronaut Corps
February 7, 2003
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.
A massive collection of flowers, balloons, flags, signs, and other arrangements
were placed at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) sign at the main entrance to the center.
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
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 support.
The husbands, wives,
and children of the NASA Astronaut Corps.