The members of the Mars Society join together in grief over the loss of the seven member crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia this morning. The crew of the Columbia, as that of Challenger and Apollo 1 before them, gave their lives for the cause of opening the solar system to humanity. In the coming months, that cause will be put to the test, as those who do not honor it seek to use this tradgedy to put it to an end. This must not be allowed to occur. In memory of Shuttle commander Rick D. Husband, Pilot William C. McCool,Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialists David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon, let us therefore resolve that the cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion shall not be allowed to fail. From death there shall come life, and no life given shall be given in vain. The Mars Society offers its condolences to the families and friends of Columbia’s crew.