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As I was driving to work this morning & flipping stations I came across someone talking about the recent space shuttle crisis. Although I had heard about this over the weekend, it didn't really hit me til this morning. As I listend to the person on the radio talk about the incident it brought tears to my eyes. The space shuttle was only minutes away from completing its journey, w/friends & family awaiting its arrival & in a matter of seconds these 7 (I believe it was 7) people were removed from our world. Listening to this on the radio this morning I started thinking about how precious life is. It got me thinking how much a few seconds can change everything.<br><br>
Although there is nothing we can do to bring back the lives that were lost, we can go forward living each day to its fullest, letting the people around us know how much we care about them.
 

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yeah I agree with you on that. I would love to be an astronaut. I always wanted to walk on the moon. It is really dangerous though and they know that each time they take a flight they are putting their lives at risk and are somewhat prepared I would think if something happened like what did. It was sad because they were about to land and had no idea their lives were going to be taken away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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My first cousin works head table as a NASA engineer. He's worked there over 20 years and I'll tell you he is one of the most interesting people one could ever meet. I really feel for him because I know how much he loves his job and the people he works with. When you talk of people that really love their jobs, NASA employees would top the list. Engineers of there caliber could easily make 50 to 100 K more per year cause NASA does not pay market salaries. From my conversations, its not the money that drives most of these people, but the simple fact of exploration and science. They should all be commended.<br><br><br><br>
When Gav gets in school, my cousin has already offered him a spot in spacecamp if he's interested. He said if the family ever comes down to Houston he could give us a special tour include sitting in the space shuttle simulator. My grandmother went down a couple years ago and said the simulator was absolutely amazing.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway I feel for these people. Leaves and empty hole in my stomach.
 
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