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Comments on Sunday 2 February 2003:
Tsk, seven astronauts. They knew the risk. Their choice. I'm not at all sad for the astronauts. I'm a little sad for the likely negative effect on continued space-travel attempts. I'd really rather the ability to go and live on another planet or nice self-contained space-station weren't further delayed. [08:13]

Kaldea
I agree with you. I've wanted to be an astronaut scince I was a child and if I were to die after completing the goal I'd be happy. I'm going to be first on Mars. I do feel the loss the families must go through however. Yes they knew it was a possibility but no tone thought of often.

Skye
I totally agree with you about not being sad for the astronaughts, although I am sad for their families.

Lazarus
Ya, who would have thought that hurtling back towards earth at 27,000 miles per hour would be dangerous.

Digi
Sad for the families? Why? Ive always been of the opinion that sadness is *not* a nice thing. Thats why we tend to do things that make us happy. Thats why all the necessary things in life (eating, warmth, shelter, sex, caring for children) are pleasurable.

If sadness must be had over the issue, it should be around the families. They will generate theyre own sadness, they dont need any extra from us.

Why do people parade theyre sadness as some badge of merit?

"Im the saddest!"
"No I am, Im the grand master of empathy. I stabbed myself in the eye last night; I was so sad!"
"Yeah well I murdered my kids, sold my business for 2, told my wife I hate her, and cut my legs off! Im the best human being in the world! No one is better at life than me! Im so SAD!"

QuickSlash
I don't really feel sad for their families. They knew as well as the astronauts did that there was a risk.

I, too, am hoping that there aren't many setbacks. I think they said it took three years after the Challenger incident before they launched another shuttle. Space program's needing attention, but certainly not like this.

Nameless
I was upset that the coverage took away my watching the X Games...

C. Copperpot
I do feel badly for the astronauts and families. They knew the risk, not the future. They died, and I choose to think of them, rather than myself.

Nik
Ehh, it's your time, I suppose.

Kevan
Bless you, you never break character, do you?

Tom
Personally, I'm a bit sad for the Columbia. Was a nice ship. Did anybody take the time to explain the risks to her? I hope there's a memorial plaque of some kind dedictated to the shuttle herself.

RavenBlack
I was surprised, myself. I live in Columbia, and I didn't feel a thing.

Digi
If this was seven fat blokes on a bus, would it have made the local paper?

Theres bound to be a plaque for Colombia (was it *The* Colombia?). If anyone in NASA has a half good sense of humour theyll make it out of wreckage.

C. Copperpot
It wouldn't have made the paper, most likely, because astronauts are automatically heroes in the media's eyes. Not that I approve.

Ranmei
Heroes... I had a conversation about that. Someone asked "When somebody dies on a spaceflight or something, why do they all of a sudden become 'heroes'?" I never really thought of that, but It was a good question... interesting conversation, it lead to...
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