7 astronauts died today as the space shuttle <a href="">Columbia broke apart</a> upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. Six Americans (one Indian-born) and an Israeli made up its crew.
Seven seems such a small number.
We have become used to the taste of death. Watching footage of the space shuttle breaking apart, it seemed so distant and small, and felt almost inconsequential.
In reality, it was anything but.
Seven people who had dedicated their entire lives to space exploration passed away today, in the midst of an endeavour that would widen the scope of our knowledge. We triumph in their efforts and gain from their work, but the risks that astronauts face were fully known only to them. They bravely faced the unknown to unrevel its mysteries to the rest of us. We lost them today.

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