the surly bonds of earth

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Rick D. Husband
William C. McCool
Michael P. Anderson
David M. Brown
Kalpana Chawla
Laurel Clark
Ilan Ramon

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Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee, Vladimir Komarov, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Victor Patsayev, Vladislav Volkov, Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnick, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe as those who perished in the exploration of space.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit . Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high unsurpassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

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