(A meditation on the eighth anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster)
By Dave Bender
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...”
"I took it all for granted, that those giant, incredibly complex machines and their crews would always reach their goal, always safely return.
"Until February 1, 2003, when urgent news reports ripped aside the serenity, candles and prayer that marked the close of another peaceful Sabbath in Jerusalem. STS -107, Space Shuttle Columbia was lost, the radio blared, its crew killed upon reentry."