Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar
'Ladies and gentlemen...
This is your captain.
You may unbuckle,
And remove your seatbelts!
You are free to move about the cabin.
And for those of you still seated?
If you look out of your windows to the left...
You will see we are so far removed
From 'reality' now,
As to not be harmed...
Or affected by its results.
This has been a successful launch!
One that will be viewed as our greatest triumphs!
And the ship has been placed,
Into an indefinite orbit that will benefit us
For many many years to come!
Those of you going onto the space station...
That docking will occur soon!
And you will never again...
Have to worry about a return trip!
This inaugural journey is historic.'