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Sky is filled with glory
The sun has wondrous glow
Rays of very special lights
Will fill our earth below

No moment left in passing
No time to say good-bye
The souls of many heroes
Now gathered way on high

Each ray of light a beacon
For what in life they gave
Their epitaph be written
Within sky's golden rays

Sadness in their passing
But joy that they were here
Each one an inspiration
For all who held them dear

All of those who leave us
Within our shortest breath
We'll keep them for eternity
By bounty they have left

So look up to the heavens
As sun shines with great depth
Spirits of our nation's heart
Forever in their debt

All the brave and mighty
Who go where no man dare
Smile with greatest courage
With so much joy to share

Within this life be written
Words we shall repeat
Columbia's great mission
Continues as we speak.

~ Francine Pucillo~

ęCopyright February 2, 2003
* Used with permission


Space Shuttle Crew-Christians on board

Recently, Christian singer, Steve Green, held a concert dedicated to his dear friend, Rick Husbands, the commander of the space shuttle Columbia.
Steve and his wife were very good friends with Rick and his wife, Evelyn. Steve said that he met Rick many years ago at one of his concerts. They had come up to greet Steve and told him how much they enjoyed his music. Rick's wife whispered to Steve that Rick was an astronaut. Steve immediately began asking him questions (he said that everyone waiting in line to see him suddenly turned their interest to Rick). That was the beginning of their friendship.

Three years ago Steve Green was present at Rick's first space shuttle launch where he sang at a reception for him prior to take off. He did the same thing 17 days ago, and then watched Rick go into space. Steve told how many of the people at the reception were non-believers which is not unusual among the science community.

Steve's latest CD contains a song entitled "God of Wonders" which speaks about a "God beyond our galaxies. "You are holy, holy. The heavens declare your majesty. You are holy, holy". Rick Husbands loved the song and Steve sang it at a reception held for Rick. A video was made to accompany the song. Steve Green showed the video at his concert (many Kleenex needed). It showed Rick Husband with his wife and 2 young children. There were also pictures Rick had taken in space (on his prior mission), along with breathtaking photographs of the galaxies our God created. This same song, "God of Wonders", was also played (upon Rick's wife's request) as one of the wakeup songs on the space shuttle (they apparently play a different song each morning from NASA). Steve emailed with Rick while Rick was in space and he shared some of those emails at his concert. In one email, Rick was talking about how awesome God's creation was as he saw it out the space shuttle window.

Steve told how Rick was a quiet man, but never quiet about sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. He told about how, right before the crew boarded the space shuttle 17 days ago, Rick stopped them all and prayed for them.

NASA workers commented that in all their years working there, they had never seen a commander pray with his crew. Steve told about how at T minus 2 before takeoff, a NASA control person commented that it was a perfect day for launch and Rick replied "The Lord has given us a beautiful day". These were just some of the things Steve said that night at the concert. When Steve did a concert in Houston - Rick's wife Evelyn and Michael Anderson's wife were there.

Steve prayed for Rick and Michael while they were in space and then Steve's family spent the evening having dinner with them. Steve said Rick left a recorded devotional video for each of his 2 children for each of the 17 days he would be gone. That was 34 videos that he took the time to record so that his children would not miss their daily devotions they had with their dad. Steve spoke about what a legacy Rick has left his children.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters

compared to what lies within us."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~


Rick D. Husband


William C. McCool


David M. Brown

Mission Specialist

Michael P. Anderson

Payload Commander

Kalpana Chawla

Mission Specialist

Laurel Clark

Mission Specialist

Ilan Ramon

Payload Specialist

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