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February 02, 2003

Symbolism of Vengeance or Hope?

None of the astronauts survived the Columbia disaster. My wife was in tears yesterday and I had a lump in my throat all day. People in some parts of the world reacted a bit differently.

The Middle East is having a heyday over the fact that an Israeli astronaut was killed and the shuttle exploded over Palestine, Texas. Some of them think God struck it down in an act of vengeance. If only they could note the following story from the Jerusalem Post and learn a different, more human, lesson.

Dr. Eran Schenkar, Israel's space doctor and director of Israel Aeromedicine, told the Jerusalem Post that a few moments ago a fully intact box was found amognst the debris strewn across Texas.

The box contains three experiments.

Among the experiments was one co-designed by an Israeli student and a Palestinian student.

Schenkar said it is too soon to tell what the outcome of the experiment will be, but that scientists may be able to examine the results after all.

Cross-posted by Michael J. Totten.