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Friday, August 22, 2003



Brazilian Rocket Explodes

Brazillian rocket explodes.
Brazillian rocket explodes.
Credit: AP
A rocket exploded on a Brazilian launch pad today, killing 21 people and injuring 20 others. The 100 ft rocket exploded during routine tests, just days before its scheduled launch. The launch would have made Brazil the first Latin American country to reach orbit. This disaster is the third for Brazil, a devastating blow for the developing space agency. Civilian technicians were among the dead, and two research satellites and the launch pad were destroyed.

Red Colony is deeply saddened by this loss but, as with any disaster humanity must face, is looking to the future. Again, our expansion into space has been paid with the price of human lives. But we must remember why we keep pushing forward. We must remember what those men and women died for. If we forget that, their sacrifice is nothing but a statistic.


- posted by Alex @ 23:17 EST