Saturday, January 27, 2007
Just a Quick Thank You.
There are three people I really feel the need to thank today, and they are:
Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom
Edward Higgins White II
Roger Bruce Chaffee
Forty years ago, on Launch Pad 34 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, these three men lost their lives in a flash fire on the Apollo 1 command module, and as a result of such a tragic loss, greater safety standards were enacted and mankind was able to do the impossible.
So, being even a bit of the space geek that I sometimes am, I'd be remiss if I didn't take a moment to thank these three for their sacrifice. It sort of puts things into perspective when you consider how, in the early days of exploration, it was incredibly dangerous to get off this rock (and it still is), and the bravery of our explorers should not be forgotten in spite of the fact that people can now buy their way onto a rocket and into space. Amazing when you think about it.