After reading DC's journal ive come to the conclusion she feels roughly the same way, and i posted this comment
i was watching the news yesterday and the anchorman made an interesting point "we spend more money on unmanned missions than we do on manned missions" um..what is wrong with this picture?! those are human lives for christ sake! and yeah, that shuttle was old as can be! makes me wonder if they at least checked the heat tiles or anything. oh...and they KNEW it had problems with heat tiles from the last mission. youd think they would fix it cuz you know, thats the only thing keeping the soft little bodies inside from being burnt to a crisp!
wtf is wrong with people, dont they ever stop to think "gee, what if that was my teacher, parent or loved one up there?" all those people were married with kids just about. their kids are gonna have to tell people "yeah, my dad/mom blew up in the columbia" that just...REALLY sucks. it made me cry to hear the president talk about it. i never cry and i CRIED! not to mention, not only do they show the columbia blowing to bits on TV, but they ALSO repeatedly showed the challenger exploding! why?! *look see here what happened over a decade ago? see how it explodes? yeah that was bad, now look at this...*
people need to get a life and realize that people are to be respected more. especially during such a freak accident like this, that could have easily been prevented.
it was so heart wrenching just thinking about their families waiting in florida, then getting the news and being escorted away from the landing site. i watched the coroners pick up human remains...BODY PARTS RAINING FROM THE SKY?! what a horrible image!!! and i thought..wow....this was just 7 people, but the whole september 11th thing had so many more losses and they were just as bad with even MORE horrible images. i dont know how people can say *oh im SO sick of it they deserved it*. no one deserves that kind of fate. no innocent human being at least. and thats what these people were. they were helping human kind in the name of science. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED!
and i agree with DC that they shouldnt have used such an old ship that had problems with it already.
After the Challenger exploded, there have been many advances in space travel technology and they really really try to make sure something that doesnt happen again. perhaps this situation will be another learning experience.