The following poems and messages were authored by school children shortly after the loss of the Challenger Seven crew and sent to the Johnson Space Center to encourage the families of the crew and employees at Johnson Space Center:
LOVE FOR NASA
Love is sharing your happiness and your family, friends, and other people's pain.
Love is sharing your love, joy, and peace.
Love is caring for others and helping others.
THAT IS WHY I SHARE MY LOVE WITH YOU.
Happy Valentine Day
I think the whole country is feeling bad because your greatest creation blew up.
I hope that you will be able to construct a new Shuttle that will be better than the last one.
7 have died,
Many have cried,
There's something I should say, and that is
ALL GONE TODAY
They are all gone today, The Challenger Crew Has Gone Away
There is Nothing I can say. That says how bad I feel today...Matt
To those seven who now live in heaven
We thank you for giving your lives
For the living.
We salute you as we stand.
We will lend you a helping hand.
Now we see faith in your eyes
For you, for all, and for
those who died.
I'd like to go up in the sky
Beyond the stars where planets lie
To see the craters of the Moon
Where we might all live someday soon.
I'd like to see where the astronauts land
And where the flag stands in the sand
Up where those seven brave people went
And just for us, their lives they spent.