|L. K. Borucki
72 Seaman Ave. #1E
New York, NY 10034
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-3501
December 21, 1998
Thank you for contacting me regarding my flight
on the space shuttle Discovery. I am sorry that I cannot give you a more personal reply,
but I have been flooded with mail recently and I want to try to see to it that everyone
gets a response.
I am happy to report that the nine day
flight was a success and exceeded al my expectations. We had a busy mission, with 83
experiments on board and deployment of the Spartan satellite as our major tasks. My
primary experiments involved the study of sleeplessness and muscle changes in an older
person. The experiments went smoothly and while it is to early to determine their results,
I am hopeful that the information learned will encourage further aging research in space
and one day lead to new treatments for illnesses that afflict the elderly.
I was fortunately to be working
with a fine group of astronauts - individuals as dedicated and capable as those I worked
with when I entered the space program almost 40 years ago. Space exploration requires
close teamwork that now transcends age, gender and nationality. I am pleased to say that
this was evident among our crew and worked well.
Seeing earth again in all its
fragile beauty and vivid color was a particular highlight and one that is hard to
adequately describe. I was reminded again of how there are no country boundaries when
viewed from space and how all humanity share a common interest in protecting this
beautiful planet we call earth.
With the coming International Space
Station, the next-generation space shuttle and Hubble telescope, follow-on probes to Mars
and many other worthy projects, the future of our space program is bright. I think we
should aim even higher for the 21st century and urge the President and Congress to
increase our investment in the space program so that we can go to places that currently
only exist in the imagination.
Thank you again for your
interest in my flight and our space program.
Dostałem ten list od pierwszego kosmonauty Ameryki John'a Glenna 21 grudnia 1998 r. po
drugiej podróży w kosmos. Interesuję się kosmosem tak jak kosmonauta Glenn. Dokonałem
nawet wielkiego odkrycia kosmicznego. Jesteśmy zatem jakby kolegami, w dziedzinie
kosmosu Wszechświata .