Tuesday, July 26, 2005
GODSPEED, DISCOVERY. I've been watching the live preparations for launch of Discovery this morning on the Internet (via this link hosted by Yahoo!). The seven-person shuttle crew is scheduled to begin a 13-day mission to the International Space Station that will include at least 3 space walks. This comes over 2 years after the reentry disaster above Texas. NASA remains, for me, a fascinating and critical "research and development" investment of the American taxpayer. Meaningful space exploration fuels hopes and possibilities that deepen our daily commitments to find answers and broaden our perspective to care for all people of the world. The connection between space exploration and bringing world hunger to an end are, to me, not antithetical but ultimately complementary.