Seven trained people set out for a journey,
A very special journey this was to be.
Not simply over the land or through the air
Not even a journey by sea.
For these seven were astronauts
Who would journey into outer space.
They were going to conduct studies
In that vast, wondrous place.
Came the day of January sixteenth
The Columbia was ready to leave!
A little bit of foam came off the tank
But that would not matter, people believed.
For sixteen days the crew of the spacecraft
Orbited the beautiful Earth
But by this time that piece of foam
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