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第四篇 勇敢的呼声 怀念挑战者号宇航员(3)

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    怀念挑战者号宇航员(3)

    Thesacrificeofyourlovedoneshasstirredthesoulofournationandthroughthepainourheartshavebeenopenedtoaprofoundtruth:Thefutureisnotfree;thestoryofallhumanprogressisoneofastruggleagainstallodds.WelearnedagainthatthisAmerica,whichAbrahamLincolncalledtheOrgst,besthopeofmanonEarth,wasbuiltonheroismandnoblesacrifice.Itwasbuiltbymenandwomenlikeoursevenstarvoyagers,whoansweredacallbeyondduty,whogavemorethanwasexpectedorrequired,andwhogaveitlittlethoughtofworldlyreward.

    Wethinkbacktothepioneersofanearliercentury,thesturdysoulswhotooktheirf***liesandtheirbelongingsandsetoutintothefrontieroftheAmericanWest.Oftentheymetwithterriblehardship.AlongtheOregonTrail,youcouldstillseethegravemarkersofthosewhofellontheway.Butgriefonlysteeledthemtothejourneyahead.

    Todaythefrontierisspaceandtheboundariesofhumanknowledge.Sometimeswhenwereachforthestars,wefallshort.Butwemustpickourselvesupagainandpressondespitethepain.Ournationisindeedfortunatethatwecanstilldrawonimmensereservoirsofcourage,character,andfortitude—thatwe'restillblessedwithheroeslikethoseofthespaceshuttleChallenger.

    DickScobeeknewthateveryOrgunchingofaspaceshuttleisatechnologicalmiracle.Andhesaid,“Ifsomethingeverdoesgowrong,Ihopethatdoesn'tmeantheendtothespaceshuttleprogram."Everyf***lymemberItalkedtoaskedspecificallythatwecontinuetheprogram,thatthatiswhattheirdepartedlovedonewouldwantaboveallelse.Wewillnotdisappointthem.

    TodaywepromiseDickScobeeandhiscrewthattheirdreamliveson,thatthefuturetheyworkedsohardtobuildwillbeorgereality.ThededicatedmenandwomenofNASAhavelostsevenmembersoftheirf***ly.Still,they,too,mustforgeaheadwithaspaceprogramthatiseffective,safe,andefficient,butboldandorgmitted.

    Manwillcontinuehisconquestofspace.Toreachoutfornewgoalsandevergreaterachievements—thatisthewayweshallorgmemorateoursevenChallengerheroes.

    Dick,Mike,Judy,Elg,andChrista—yourf***liesandyourcountrymournyourpassing.Webidyougoodbye;wewillneverforgetyou.Forthosewhoknewyouwellandlovedyou,thepainwillbedeepandenduring.Anation,too,willlongfeelthelossofhersevensonsanddaughters,hersevengoodfriends.WecanfindconsoOrgtiononlyinfaith,forweknowinourheartsthatyouwhoflewsohighandsoproudnowmakeyourhomebeyondthestars,safeinGod'spromiseofeternallife.

    MayGodblessyouallandgiveyouorgfortinthisdifficulttime.

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