Senate Resolution 03-013
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 03-013
BY SENATOR(S) Cairns, Taylor, Anderson, Andrews, Arnold, Chlouber, Dyer, Entz, Evans, Fitz-Gerald, Gordon, Grossman, Hagedorn, Hanna, Hillman, Isgar, Johnson S., Jones, Keller, Kester, Lamborn, Linkhart, May R., McElhany, Nichol, Owen, Reeves, Sandoval, Takis, Tapia, Tate, Teck, Tupa, and Windels;
also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Fritz, Berry, Borodkin, Boyd, Briggs, Brophy, Butcher, Cadman, Clapp, Cloer, Coleman, Crane, Decker, Fairbank, Frangas, Garcia, Groff, Hall, Harvey, Hefley, Hodge, Hoppe, Jahn, Johnson R., Judd, King, Larson, Lee, Lundberg, Madden, Marshall, May M., McCluskey, McFadyen, Merrifield, Miller, Mitchell, Paccione, Plant, Pommer, Ragsdale, Rhodes, Rippy, Romanoff, Rose, Salazar, Sanchez, Schultheis, Sinclair, Smith, Spence, Spradley, Stafford, Stengel, Tochtrop, Veiga, Vigil, Weddig, Weissmann, White, Wiens, Williams S., Williams T., Witwer, and Young.
CONCERNING MEMORIALIZING THE CREW OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.
WHEREAS, On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas during reentry, only minutes before its scheduled landing; and
WHEREAS, The seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia were Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon; and
WHEREAS, The sixteen-day mission was dedicated strictly to scientific research, and the seven crew members worked on more than eighty experiments; and
WHEREAS, The seven members of the crew loved their work and were dedicated to the mission of the space shuttle Columbia; and
WHEREAS, The seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia comprised one of the youngest crews ever, with four of the seven making their first trip into space; and
WHEREAS, The seven Columbia astronauts are remembered not only as brave pilots, but also as friends, neighbors, and parents; and
WHEREAS, Prior to the mission, the seven astronauts expressed their desire for the continuation of the space program in the event of an accident; and
WHEREAS, The space shuttle Columbia is the first space vehicle to be lost upon reentry since NASA's inception in 1958; and
WHEREAS, President Bush has shown his support for the families of the seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia, and will fly to the Johnson Space Center near Houston, Texas for a memorial service in their honor; and
WHEREAS, All hearing or reading this resolution are urged to keep the astronauts and their families in our thoughts and prayers; and
WHEREAS, The tragedy of losing the space shuttle Columbia and its crew unites our nation in sorrow, but also unites us in our determination to continue space exploration; and
WHEREAS, The United States space program has provided invaluable contributions to the world; and
WHEREAS, Rather than shy away from space exploration and research, the United States should seek to improve the safety of its space vehicles by making them more technologically advanced; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-fourth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein: That we, the members of the General Assembly, remember and pay tribute to the seven dedicated men and women who were lost on board the space shuttle Columbia, and support NASA in its investigation to determine the cause of this tragedy.
Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to President George W. Bush, to each member of Colorado's congressional delegation, to NASA, and to the families of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
John Andrews Lola Spradley
PRESIDENT OF SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
THE SENATE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mona Heustis Judith Rodrigue
SECRETARY OF CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE
THE SENATE OF REPRESENTATIVES