NASA selects its wake-up songs on a variety of critieria, including ethnic
heritage. Considering that this newsgroup is supposedly about heritage, I
thought it might interest members that NASA played something apropos to folk
of Celtic extraction. Under the right of "fair use", I present the first
three paragraphs of the Time article, with attribution:
The last song the lost crew of the space shuttle Columbia ever heard was
Scotland the Brave by the 51st Highland Brigade. That was the wake-up song
beamed up by NASA on the morning the ship was supposed to return to earth.
The day before it had been Shalom Lach Eretz Nehederet, for Israeli
astronaut Ilan Ramon. Thursday morning it had been John Lennon's Imagine.
Scotland the Brave was for mission specialist Laurel Clark, Scottish by
"Good morning," Mission Control called up to the ship.
"Good morning, Houston," Clark answered. "We're getting ready for our big
day up here ... I'm really excited to come back home. Hearing that song
reminds me of all the different places down on Earth and all the friends and
family that I have all over the world. "
Apparently, Ms. Clark found the song enjoyable.
The astronauts died in the pursuit of something they felt to be exciting,
noble, and important; the job was risky, and they were under no illusion
that it was safe. The tragedy will be the naysayers, the nitpickers, and
those who must find something negative in everything.
I look to a positive future, where people of Celtic heritage continue to
contribute to the future of the human race.
Your mileage may vary.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Stuart Wheeler
> Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 16:25
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> Subject: Re: Last Song
> All this revealing of things like the last song these poor souls heard
> is emotionally masking the fact that they were blown to bits and
> their body
> parts are now scattered over at least three states of this
> country. Keeping
> that in mind, it seems to me, makes their last song somewhat
> Do you suppose the telemetry from their body monitors will show how each
> individual reacted physiologically to the horrendous event that
> ended their
> lives so tragically and so horribly?