per amica silentia lunae

or, across the ferny brae with the evil voodoo celt

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another small step...
nola
evcelt
High Flight

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 the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while 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

Not quite to the prize yet, but still...

This makes me so happy that I get choked up thinking about it. My hat's off to everyone involved.

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I, too, am extremely hopeful.  Alas, I missed the lauch of Space Ship One from the White Knight; I had to be off to work.  Interestingly, I've been reading Hungry Tiger, about the missadventures of the Flying Tiger Line air-freight company, and I had the vision of shark-toothed, Space Ship One-derived cargo ships ferrying freight and passengers to and from an orbiting space station to await transfer to the Moon or Mars.  Or carrying aloft space divers—extreme-altitude skydivers who jump from altitudes above 100km...

What a wonderful, and appropriate poem. Thank you for sharing it.

I first ran across it long, long ago... back in the days when TV stations signed off for the night, one in this area would run a short film showing jets cavorting amongst the clouds, while a v/o recited it in reverent tones.

That is a lovely poem

...but unfortunately, it will always be linked, for me, to the image of Opus falling flat on his ass.

Owell,

Kathy Latzoni
[who likes the idea of space travel costing as much as a "mid-range SUV", for some random reason]

Re: That is a lovely poem

...but unfortunately, it will always be linked, for me, to the image of Opus falling flat on his ass.

Philistine. ;-)

[who likes the idea of space travel costing as much as a "mid-range SUV", for some random reason]

Me, too. Probably more fuel-efficient, too...

To go where no man has gone before...

A wonderful poem...one of my favorites. Its increadible to think of the advancement of technology and man throughout the ages...even give me hope... :-D

Re: To go where no man has gone before...

Magee was an American, who joined the Canadian Air Force so he could fight the Nazis.

Michael Melvill, Bert Rutan, Paul Allen... all Americans.

That's what makes me feel patriotic.

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