I witnessed the manifestations of, and listened to the words of...hope. Hope amidst change.
The change is that borne by humanity's curiosity, ingenuity, persistence and innate desire to push imagination and calling to new limits. The change is that of climbing new hills to see new mountains to aspire to conquer. And the hope was found in the eyes, words and actions of people--participants, fans and spectators--who make NASA's Space Shuttle operations successful and meaningful. Unfortunately, the Endeavor Shuttle flight was scrubbed for Sunday morning when we were there, and we were unable to extend our stay to see if the launch of STS 130 would occur on Monday morning. But what we heard was profound.
This is American-influenced change and hope. And it has provided hope to all people around the world through thousands of technological advances and through grand dreams and engineering feats that redefine human possibility. This defines the ultimate hope for a species--to forever challenge in unfettered ways the limits of thinking, problem solving, and exploring which has been humanity's for millennia. This hope has moved peoples out of curiosity or need, or both, across the Bering Strait, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Alps and more.
I listened to people of all types this weekend. I watched. I have never been so proud to be an American, nor so inspired by the potential of humanity. Thank you, NASA. We should all be listening to the sounds of discovery.
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