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Stupid Ideas

Grey Havens

Oct 15 2012, 3:30am

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Stupid Ideas [In reply to] Can't Post

Daniel, you usually mean well, but I have to object to the trivialization of what Mr. Baumgartner and his team did. Unfortunately Misto, whose words are most offensive to me, picked up on it, but entmaiden was generous in her reply by not mentioning it with her more meaningful post.

My interests growing up were all about the solar system, cosmology, physics, space exploration, and the space program. I was allowed to stay up way past my bedtime for Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong to land The Eagle on the moon in 1969. I lived in Florida from 1978 through 1989, close to Canaveral. I went to shuttle launches when I could get on base, or I could watch from my house at about T+00:06. I was on base for both the scrub two days before and and the maiden launch of the shuttle program with Columbia on April 12, 1981, gleaming all white. I was watching from my house when Challenger exploded January 28, 1986. I kept waiting for chutes to open. They didn't. There was no such thing as an escape system. I owned a Florida Challenger license plate and still have it. I no longer live in Florida, but my wife woke me up to tell me Columbia was overdue for landing on February 1, 2003. I watched the news unfold. No hope at altitude, now just ashes and remains.

So anyone who wants to trivialize what Felix Baumgartner and his team mean to me, think instead about investing your interests in a space program that continues to research ways to make disasters survivable for its human occupants and their affected families. Not to mention all the technology too few people give the space program credit for what they have in life. Things enjoyed for which others risk and give their lives.

Yes, congratulations to everyone involved.

Subject User Time
Congratulations Felix Baumgartner! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 14 2012, 8:34pm
    Ah well... Misto Send a private message to Misto Oct 14 2012, 8:41pm
    I've been following this entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Oct 15 2012, 12:06am
        I haven't followed it Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 15 2012, 4:41am
    Saw this at clinicals today. Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 15 2012, 12:46am
    Stupid Ideas JWPlatt Oct 15 2012, 3:30am
        This post is what made me take a look at the video and article Eye's on Guard Send a private message to Eye's on Guard Oct 15 2012, 5:29am
        *Usually* mean well?! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 15 2012, 7:05am
            Absolutes JWPlatt Oct 15 2012, 8:21pm
        Different perspectives Misto Send a private message to Misto Oct 15 2012, 1:15pm
            I dont see how spacetravel has not changed everybodies lives Chopsta123 Send a private message to Chopsta123 Oct 15 2012, 2:29pm
    Amazing footage! Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Oct 15 2012, 2:50pm
        This footage is from his head camera DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 15 2012, 5:06pm
            If that had been me.... Aragorn'sSexyScar Send a private message to Aragorn'sSexyScar Oct 15 2012, 5:55pm
    People might find this more interesting DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 15 2012, 7:18pm
        Win JWPlatt Oct 15 2012, 8:03pm


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