I woke today around 9:30 in the morning and continued to lay in my bed in a quasi-unconscious type of sleep, the kind where you are just happy to be, free of any distractions, worries, cares. At around 10:30 i decided that i was awake, but not wanting to get out of bed, i turned on my radio. The song had just ended and the dj had cut in.
"This doesn't look like a deliberate act of terrorism..," eyes wide open, ears pricked, "It was over 200 000 feet high and traveling over 12 500 miles per hour, to high and fast for any surface-to-air missile." He went on explain what it was, because up until that point i had no idea what he was talking about. I raced downstairs and logged on to see the Google News. The space shuttle, STS 107, had exploded. Following several hours of watching MSNBC, While You Were Out and Trading Spaces, i decided to take a look at the News on Google once again. There were 8 stories related to this. Eight out of 31. That's amazing to see that many news articles on one site.
This may sounds like i magnified my emotions, but if you think about it, this is going to go down in history. Think of every time you heard of Challenger, the space shuttle that exploded on its take-off nearly 17 years before. It's now going to be Columbia. It has not only touched America, but Israel and India too.
There'll be more to this, but i am running late for work. Peace.
Update: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut was on Columbia. Kalpana Chawla was born in India and, if i'm not mistaken, moved to the US in the 80's.