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Families of Columbia's crew release statement to nation

By The Associated Press
      Statement from the families of Columbia's crew, read by Evelyn
Husband, wife of shuttle Cmdr. Rick Husband on NBC's "Today":
      On January 16th we saw our loved ones launch into a brilliant
cloud-free sky. Their hearts were full of enthusiasm, pride in
country, faith in their God and a willingness to accept risk in the
pursuit of knowledge - knowledge that might improve the quality of
life for all mankind.
      Columbia's 16-day mission of scientific discovery was a great
success, cut short by mere minutes. Yet it will live on forever in
our memories. We want to thank the NASA family and people from
around the world for their incredible outpouring of love and
      Although we grieve deeply, as do the families of Apollo I and
Challenger before us, the bold exploration of space must go on.
Once the root cause of this tragedy is found and corrected, the
legacy of Columbia must carry on for the benefit of our children
and yours.
      (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
AP-NY-02-03-03 0836EST


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