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High Flight

Royal Air Force Spitfire

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 silence.

Hovering 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 wind-swept heights with easy grace

where never lark, or even eagle flew

and, while with silent lifting mind

I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. RCAF

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. RCAF

John Magee was an American who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. On December 11, 1941, several months after he composed High Flight,  the nineteen year old pilot died in the fiery crash of his Spitfire. He is buried in Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England.


IN MEMORIAM

Neil Alden Armstrong

Neil Alden Armstrong: August 5, 1930 — August 25, 2012
 American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon


Space Shuttle Program

CHALLENGER                                   COLUMBIA    

 Crew of the space shuttle Chalenger                       Crew of the space shuttle Columbia

Michael J. Smith, Pilot
Francis R. Scobee, Commander
Ronald E. McNair, Mission Specialist
Ellison S. Onizuka, Mis
sion Specialist
Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist
Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist
Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist

Rick D. Husband, Commander
Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist
William C. McCool, Pilot
  David M. Brown, Mission Specialist
Laurel B. Clark, Mission Specialist
Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialist
Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist



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