Statement from North American Representatives On the Loss of Columbia and Her Crew
NEW YORK, NY - Feb. 4, 2003
seven astronauts faced innumerable challenges and considerable risks in
their everyday work. They sacrificed their lives for the ideal of increasing
human knowledge. We are encouraged by their achievements in science as
well as multicultural cooperation, and are motivated by their enthusiasm
and dedication to a purely noble endeavor. We are inspired by their passionate
vision of advancing humankind through the peaceful uses of
As representatives of organizations that promote the role of young people in space activities, our dream is a peaceful future in space. We acknowledge the extreme risks and challenges that go hand-in-hand with the space flight program. President John F. Kennedy, speaking in 1962 about the fledgling space program, said, "All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage." The astronauts' tragic fate should not and will not make us falter. Even while we mourn their passing, their dreams will live on in our dreams, in the goals we set and pursue as space advocates, and in the future of space exploration that we build together.
Twenty-five years from now, when the young people of today are the world's space policy decision-makers, we hope to look back at this defining moment and admire the role that young people took in rededicating our world to this effort. We resolve that the significant challenges of the space programs in our countries will be met head-on by the determination and enthusiasm of the young people in our organizations. We are firmly dedicated to the dream of peaceful exploration of space and will be working even harder in the coming days, weeks, months, and years -- through space advocacy, educational programs, and outreach -- to ensure that the dreams of the Columbia crew and our dreams become a reality.
We encourage all young people around the world to show their support for the space program by contacting their local government representative. We also invite you to submit your thoughts and ideas to the Space Generation Advisory Council's web forum, "Our Future in Space." Please visit http://unsgac.org/webforum to participate.
For more information about our organizations' efforts, please visit our websites, or contact Ms. Srimal W. Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Srimal Wangu Choi
Lawrence A. Reeves
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