Thanksgiving Thoughts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After 30 years and 135 missions, residents and visitors to Florida's Space Coast see this rocket's red glare for the last time as space shuttle Atlantis soars past the American flag after lifting off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:29 a.m. EDT on July 8. On board are four experienced astronauts -- STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. STS-135 will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly the Robotic Refueling Mission experiment that will investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites in orbit. In addition, Atlantis will return with a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems. STS-135 will be the 33rd flight of Atlantis, the 37th shuttle mission to the space station, and the 135th and final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. For more information visit, Photo credit: NASA/Fletcher Hildreth

Launch of the Space Shuttle. Photo credit: NASA/Fletcher Hildreth

In this season of giving thanks, what will you be thankful for?

Most are grateful for families and friends, as well as for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.   We give thanks for the food we share on Thanksgiving Day and the promise of Christmas and the New Year to come.

In addition to all these marvelous things, I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to fly in space–gaining a whole new perspective on this Earth we inhabit.

Her diversity of mountains, plains, lakes and rivers fascinates. At night, it is obvious by the lights on the ground where millions of humans have found the best places to live. But even in vast desert lands, there is the sparkle of the few who cling to outposts far from civilization, a tribute to human adaptability. White contrails of airplanes crisscross the sky, speaking of the discoveries that draw us all closer together.

Tennessee From Space

Tennessee From Space

The wakes of huge ships on ocean surface announce we have conquered the seas. The technology and engineering that have made all this possible reminds me how lucky we are to live in this time.

This year, I will be especially grateful for the country in which we live.
In this time of turmoil around the world, of terrorism and the massive movement of refugees fleeing savagery, we Americans are blessed to live in a place where we feel safe. There is no fear of a knock on the door, to be dragged off in the night by the police. We aren’t afraid of being overrun by vicious armies or being struck by rocket attacks from afar. We don’t fear freezing or starving. We live in a bountiful country that God has smiled upon.

FlagGod Bless America. Be Thankful. Pray for Peace for All, Everywhere.


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  1. Beautifully said. You never disappoint!!!

  2. Well said as always Dr. Seddon.


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