We are directly impacted by this very sad occurance. While we didn't know
any of the astronauts personally, my husband is the last of a dieing breed a
real live NASA employee working on the orbiter. Well, techinically, he
works in VAB with the booster stacking operation.
When people tell me we should be spending more money on the poor and
questioning the need for the space program, I have to think about our little
community here by the sea. While Brevard has worked hard in
diversiving(sp?) its economy, here in Florida diversifying means service
economy. The space program was more than that, it's a way of life here.
People are proud to work for the program, it provides good wages in a state
with an average household income in $30,000. It supports educational
programs, creates new products, and is the source of endless dreams. The
space program was not perfect and needed an overhaul, what it especially
needed was a mandate without politicians constantly changing their minds and
causing cost overflows.
My husband was working overtime yesterday when it happened. There is a work
stoppage right now, we know it will be several months before we will know
exactly what that will happen.
We ask for people to pray for the families of the astronauts, the astronauts
on the space station and the lives of the men and women who work on the
And on a practical note, to please call, write or email your congress people
to let them know what you think of the program.
Beth T. the OT
Subject: A Sad Day
We woke up this morning and a friend emailed me about the space shuttle
exploding over Texas. I thought he was joking and turned on my TV. Sadly my
frriend was not joking. I have been watching a statewide cable news channel
and they report that debris has been reported over east and southeast Texas
from Tyler down through just north of Houston which covers 12 counties in
Texas and areas of Louisiana. Unbelievably, even though the massive warnings
about the toxicity of the debris, there have been reports of people walking
off with "souvenirs". This is so sad and Joyce and I remember another sad
here in Austin in November 22, 1963.