So what does the end of the Space Shuttle program ( at least for the time being) mean to you guys?
I spent the first 9 years of my life wanting to fly in one of those things. The dream died when I realized I wasn't near smart enough to make that happen. I am really sad that they are no longer sending these shuttles up, although I do somewhat understand the logic (The Nations Well being> Expensive scientific exploration). However, I firmly believe that mankind was meant to explore, and to adventure beyond our known lands; since there is few unknown lands left on Earth, I know it is only a matter of time before we are traveling to space again.
While it's a sad day for the Space program - i don't believe it's 'the end' - Others will be there to pick up the slack, so to speak. For example, it's probably only a matter of time before Richard Branson contracts out American astronauts as pilots for his Virgin Space travel line.
I'm just glad the final Nasa space shuttle launch was a successful one. I've never been able to watch a televised launch without thinking of Challenger - i watched the Challenger disaster on television from my 2nd grade classroom. Kinda ruined me for life.
In April 2011, Owl City released a single called "Galaxies" which is said to be about the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, a prelude into the song being "January 28, 1986" being a hint.
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That was obviously a very trying time in Mr. City's then unborn life. One hopes he's bounced back, but with the inclusion of not just one but two Challanger related songs, I remain worried about Owl City you guys.
Home Run Derby: Fan nearly falls from stands as he tries to catch a ball By Cindy Boren
Only hours after Shannon Stone was buried Monday in Texas, a fan attending baseball’s Home Run Derby was saved by fans from falling from the stands as he tried to catch a ball hit by Prince Fielder.
Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Ariz., lost his footing — he was not wearing shoes — and was saved from a 20-foot plunge to a pool deck by his brother, a friend and other fans at Chase Field in Phoenix.
“I stepped up on the table, I missed the ball by two or three feet and went over,” Carmickle said. “I thought, ‘I've lived a good life.’ ”
Aaron Nelos, a friend who made the timely catch, said: “He tried to catch it, I grabbed his legs and his brother grabbed his arms. So when he went over the ledge, we pulled him back. He wasn't going down, I was holding on.”
Carmickle, his brother and Nelson broke into high-fives after they recovered. They spoke with security officers. One told him to be careful, according to the Associated Press.
“I stepped up on the table, I missed the ball by 2 or 3 feet and went over,” he said. “We caught three balls and I told the guys I was going to go for the cycle. Dude, they were really holding onto me.”
Fielder was oblivious. “I didn’t see it,” he said. “We don’t need any of that.”
Last Thursday, Stone, a 39-year-old firefighter, fell to his death as he tried to catch a ball thrown to him by outfielder Josh Hamilton at Texas Rangers Ballpark.
After Stone’s death, Major League Baseball officials said in a statement that they would review the indicent “to ensure a safe environment for our fans.” And that certainly appears more likely and imminent after Monday night’s incident, particularly since it was captured by multiple still and video cameras.
Safety is an issue left to each team, John McHale Jr., baseball’s executive vice president of administration, told the Associated Press last week. For the St. Louis Cardinals, throwing baseballs into the stands is against team policy and players were reminded of that during spring training. In 2009, a fan fell 18 feet at Busch Stadium; his injuries were not serious. A little over a year ago, Tyler Morris, also a firefighter, fell from the second level at Rangers Ballpark while trying to catch a foul ball. He suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle. In May, a Colorado Rockies fan fell 20 feet during a game. He struck his head and later died.
But snagging a foul ball, or a home run, or catching a soft toss from a player is part of the game, part of what makes going to a game fun. “Everybody's been doing that since people started considering those as prized souvenirs,” outfielder Lance Berkman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “At the end of every inning, every player throws the ball in the stands every time, almost without fail.”
Berkman said he will comply with team policy, but added, “It's a part of what makes baseball unique. You get to keep a souvenir foul ball. People put a lot of stock in that. That's why you see fans so desperate to catch them that they'll put themselves in jeopardy to do it. But flipping the ball in the stands is just part of the game.”
Which means that the ultimate responsibility lies with each fan, who must determine whether risking his or her life for a free baseball is worth it.
i think the incident with Shannon Stone was just a terrible, freak, one-in-a-million accident. it was horrible. i especially feel so terrible for his 6-year-old son, who witnessed the whole thing. it's tragic. hopefully that memory won't carry long-term negative psychological effects on him.
as for this guy at the all-star game, i'm ashamed to admit this, but there's a small part of me that can't help but feel that had he fallen - he would have had it coming. it just seems as though he was being reckless, and was banking on the fact he had his brothers and buddies to hold on to him from plummeting to his death. perhaps i'm wrong about this, and i really hope i am - but it almost feels a little staged.