February 9, 2007
Moving to the room where our one-eyed wizard sits enthroned, I picked up the remote and saw that Knoxville was changing in front of my eyes. From lots of angles, it will never look the same. Fire in the night destroyed big buildings in a historic area that soon, no doubt, will see new development. Like it or not, Knoxville is moving on.
So are we all; 2007 is busy casting off norms of the past. Consider:
Commentators suggest Nowak's stay at the International Space Station last summer had affected her emotionally or mentally. Others suggested the breakup of her marriage was to blame or else that she was haunted still by the deaths of comrades in the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. Given the nature of this love triangle among decorated high-flyers - two of them astronauts - many of us will never see space flight the same. Humanity is bound for the stars, and it'll take its passions along with it, for better or worse. An aura of sterility has been stripped away. NASA is human, after all.
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