balidiscovery.com wishes to pay its respect to the seven gallant and brave travelers who perished on Saturday, February 01, 2003, in the spaceship Columbia over the skies of Texas.
In our newsletter and website dedicated to the promotion of travel, the widening of human horizons, and the courage demanded by modern travelers to build borderless bridges of understanding and trust - we pause with the rest of the world to mourn the loss of those who so perfectly embodied these values.
While words are inadequate homage to those who paid so dearly in pursuit of the travel, freedom, and human understanding – we offer the words of "Flight" by John Gillespie Magee:
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. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, 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.
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