Statement from the Families of Space Shuttle Columbia
On January 16th, we saw
our loved ones launch into a brilliant, cloud-free sky. Their hearts
were full of enthusiasm, pride in country, faith in their God, and
a willingness to accept risk in the pursuit of knowledge --- knowledge
that might improve the quality of life for all mankind.
Columbia's 16-day mission
of scientific discovery was a great success, cut short by mere minutes
---- yet it will live on forever in our memories. We want to thank
the NASA family and people from around the world for their incredible
outpouring of love and support.
Although we grieve deeply,
as do the families of Apollo 1 and Challenger before us, the bold
exploration of space must go on. Once the root cause of this tragedy
is found and corrected, the legacy of Columbia must carry on ---
for the benefit of our children and yours.