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Author Topic:   David Brown's STS-107 e-mail

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From: Essex, UK
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 12-19-2007 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm guessing it's on the net somewhere but I just can't find it, but does anyone have the text of the email David Brown sent to earth while onboard Columbia. It can be seen as a print in the background of this photo (along with a nice tribute to Patricia Hilliard Robertson), but I just can't make all of it out. It seems to have a great sentiment about it in what I can make out.

Robert Pearlman

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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-19-2007 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the text of his message:

It's hard to believe but I'm coming up on 16 days in space and we land tomorrow.

I can tell you a few things:

Floating is great — at two weeks it really started to become natural. I move much more slowly as there really isn't a hurry. If you go to fast then stopping can be quite awkward. At first, we were still handing each other things, but now we pass them with just a little push.

We lose stuff all the time. I'm kind of prone to this on Earth, but it's much worse here as I can now put things on the walls and ceiling too. It's hard to remember that you have to look everywhere when you lose something, not just down.

The views of the Earth are really beautiful. If you've ever seen a space Imax movie that's really what it looks like. What really amazes me is to see large geographic features with my own eyes. Today, I saw all of Northern Libya, the Sinai Peninsula, the whole country of Israel, and then the Red Sea. I wish I'd had more time just to sit and look out the window with a map but our science program kept us very busy in the lab most of the time.

The science has been great and we've accomplished a lot. I could write more but about it but that would take hours.

My crewmates are like my family - it will be hard to leave them after being so close for 2 1/2 years.

My most moving moment was reading a letter Ilan brought from a Holocaust survivor talking about his seven year old daughter who did not survive. I was stunned such a beautiful planet could harbor such bad things. It makes me want to enjoy every bit of the Earth for how great it really is.

I will make one more observation - if I'd been born in space I know I would desire to visit the beautiful Earth more than I've ever yearned to visit to space. It is a wonderful planet.



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From: Essex, UK
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posted 12-19-2007 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks very much Robert, as I suspected some moving words, especially about his crewmates.

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