Nova
(Christa's Song)
in memory of the Challenger Seven
- January 28, 1986 -

Those images are indelibly etched in my mind.

I remember marveling at the beauty of that white cloud created by the explosion against that perfect blue sky, while at the same time being horrified by its violence and destruction.

I remember watching Christa McAuliffe's parents, and the loved ones of the other astronauts staring uncomprehendingly at the catastrophe unfolding before their eyes.

And I pictured myself as one of them -- perhaps an alumnus of one of Christa McAuliffe's classes, -- trying in his own way to "reach for the stars"...
 
words and music by Tony Provencher
 
 
 
Lyrics

My mind was filled with wonder at the beauty of the sight
As the pure white cloud exploded in a sky of azure blue,
And seven shooting stars sailed into the silent sea.
Then I awoke and realised that one of them was you.

Reach for the stars, you told us, reach for the stars.
Teach us how to soar and to be greater than we are.

I stood alone for many years, rooted to this place,
Planning plans and dreaming dreams that never ever flew.
You stole my hopes and plans and dreams and fantasies away,
And bravely soared away with them into the mystic blue.

Reach for the stars, you told us, reach for the stars.
Teach us how to soar and to be greater than we are.

And now, when I go out beneath the stellar canopy,
I see my hopes and plans and dreams blazing in the sky.
And I will always think of you, and how we all held our breath,
As we watched you go Nova in the winking of an eye.

Reach for the stars, you told us, reach for the stars.
Teach us how to soar and to be greater than we are.

And my mind was filled with wonder at the beauty of the sight
As the pure white cloud exploded in a sky of azure blue,
And seven shooting stars sailed into the silent sea.
Then I awoke and realised that one of them was you.

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