Saturday, February 01, 2003
Watching TV as the Space Shuttle tragedy unfolds. I witnessed the Challenger explosion from the back of the office where I work. Even though we are in West Palm Beach which is about a hundred miles away from the Cape we could still see it clearly. This current accident brings all of those emotions to the surface again. This is a terrible tragedy. Space flight is a dangerous business. We sometimes forget the dangers involved and just how precarious those flights are. The forces acting on the vehicle during reentry are awesome. I hope the investigation reveals the cause so that steps can be taken to make future flights safer.