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preface from Columbia album

I didn’t know them. I didn’t know their names, or that they had been in space for six­teen days, or that they were called the “STS-107” crew, or even what “STS” meant. But I was sit­ting next to my piano on the morn­ing of Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2003 when I heard the news…

Hangar Doors (Rollout)

There must be a day, I imag­ine,
when a great ship is final­ly
born to the world…
a day unlike all the oth­ers.

The sound of horns is in the air,
call­ing all the peo­ple…


Got to keep going
got to keep going
keep up the pace
what’s the next step to do
look at the check­list
look at the check­list
check it again
all must be per­fect.


They speak of it
the astro­nauts of few who admit
to the sen­sa­tions
and frus­tra­tions
of the first days
in weight­less­ness:


Born from hum­ble roots in Kar­nal, India, Kalpana Chawla trav­elled one of the longest and hard­est roads to become an Amer­i­can astro­naut. Though small in stature, she became huge­ly known the world over as “Kalpana” or “K.C.”, the Indi­an girl who against all odds want­ed to become an aero­space engi­neer, the Indi­an girl who want­ed to fly and explore and who per­se­vered to make it hap­pen.