High above Earth on 12th September 2001, an astronaut writes home
To me is the phrase of note is "Many things will never be the same again after September 11, 2001. Not just for the thousands and thousands of people directly affected by these horrendous acts of terrorism, but probably for all of us".
I had already arrived at my university position on Long Island by 8:00 am that day, traveling from NYC. And then it began to happen and I watched the collapse of one tower and then soon heard about the second. My younger brother (not in space) but traveling with his wife in France saw the flames on the TV at the local bistro and asked if there was a forest fire. He was told it was NYC ... and he said, my sister lives there ... I am delighted as usual to see this very pertinent letter from an astronaut high above the earth. We saw the horror from so many different vantage points and yet still over 20+ years later cannot shake off the day, as we shouldn't.
What a wonderful letter. Thank you so much for this amazing site and all these voices that you bring out.
Truly, things have never been the same...