Friday, January 28, 2011

For Challenger

Kalpana Chawla in zero-geeI thought of various poems... but in the end this, though not strictly a poem, seemed fitting. Kalpana Chawla, my favorite astronaut, looked out on January 28, 2003, and saw the sunset overtaking the day, and the light and dark sides of Earth together. This is what she said later about that moment, which occurred on the anniversary of the Challenger disaster and only a few days before Columbia went to join her sister ship...

More than Stars in their Eyes
halfEarthIn the retina of my eye,
the whole Earth and the sky
could be seen reflected.
So I called all the crew members one by one,
and they saw it,
and everybody said,
"Oh, wow!"

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