One of the astronauts on space-shuttle Atlantis is Steve MacLean. Steve received both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from York University. Given my long-term affiliation with York, it’s difficult not to feel some sense of pride. As Atlantis’ mission draws to a close, MacLean wrote in his second email message to York president and vice-chancellor Lorna R. Marsden:
I would like to pass a message to the York community.
The entire experience of preparing for launch, launching, reaching orbit, executing a very difficult mission and then…preparing to return allows one in such a short time to feel the full range of human emotions. I find it astounding that it is possible to live so much in such a short time. I look forward to sharing this story with you all on my return.
But more important I would like to thank the many members of the York community for my experience at York. Those years were excellent for me and I realize now that they served to shape the balanced approach that makes each and every day meaningful. York University was wonderful for me and I thank you.
You all should see the stars right now…their penetrating warm glow soothes the soul.
From Outer Space
Email from outer space. Now that’s cool!