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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, December 10, 1972

I~'oge Six 1 HE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, December 10, 1972

Astronaut seeks poet's words

SPACE CENTER, Houston W) ed back and sought the words
- Astronaut Harrison Schmitt for "the 'fragile blue globe."
was in a philosophical mood. "You always wish you had a
From his window, midway be poet aboard one of these mis-
tween earth and moon he look- sions so he could describe things
Three men held in
M arcos conspiracy
By the UPI and Reuters but was reported in satisfactory
Three men held on suspicion of condition. Her attacker, identified
plotting to kill Philippines Presi- as Carlito Dimahilig, was shot
dent Ferdinand Marcos and hisd
family have warned there will be dead by guards.
more assasination attempts like' .
the one Thursday on his wife, Ine-
Ida Marcos, the government said
yesterday.

that we're seeing and looking
at," he mused. "Describe feel-
ing to everybody in the world."
It's a problem that has both-
ered almost everyone in t h e
space program - ever since Al
Shepard made the first stab into
space 11 years ago and blurted:
"What a beautiful sight."
The men who go into space
and the men who send them in-
to space, and the planners and
experimenters, all are scientists
and engineers - people who live
in a world of acronyms and sym-
bols, computer, readouts a n d.
graphs.
Their language is their own
and the poetry in their souls is
a stammer on the lips. The astro-
naut as philosopher has been a
dud. The first men to see the
moon, up close, Frank Borman,
James Lovell and William And-
ers, expressed what they felt by
quoting Genesis: "In the begin-
ning, God created the heaven
and the earth . .."
Top people in the space agency
often say there might not have
been such a letdown of public
interest in space flights had there
been more than "what a beau-
tiful sight," and other gee-whiz
variety descriptions in 26 prev-
ious excursions away from earth.

"I think the one philosophical
point," Schmitt said Friday af-
ter talking about what he was
seeing, "is that somebody, pro-
bably three-and-a-half billion
years ago or so, sould h a v e*
looked at the earth and described
patterns not too dissimilar.
"It was within those patterns
that life developed, and now you
see . . . what that life has pro-
gressed to doing, and I cer-
tainly think that all of us feel it
has not .stopped doing that pro-
gression . ..,,
Men have been saying the same
thing since ancient times. The
Bible says it in Ecclesiastes:
One generation passeth away,
and another generation cometh:
but the earth abideth forever."
Schmitt said that a poet aboard
a spaceship "certainly couldn't
look at that fragile globe and not
think about the ancient sails of
life that are crossing its p a t h
and wonder ahead to the present,
to the modern sails of life."
Those, he said, "are in t h e
country in all sort of different
guises and working to the same
end and that is to put that life
farther into the universe."
And he added: "I certainly
hope that some day in the not
too distant future, the guy can
fly who can express these things."

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Government spokesmen Francis-
co Tatad told a press conference
that 85 people had been detained
for questioning in connection with
the alleged plot and three men had.
earlier signed a voluntary confes-I
sion which "warned that attempts
shall continue."
He identified the three as Man-
nel Crisologo, described as an ex-
plosives expert, Eduardo Figueras,
a former labor leader, and Antonio
Arevalo of whom no details were
disclosed.
Tatad said the three had linked
politicians from both the ripposi-
tion Liberal Party. and the ruling
Nacionalista Party and retired mil-
itary oficers with the alleged con-
spiracy, which he said started as
long ago as December 1969.
Tatad said that, as a result of
the detailed trios alleged statement,
other men taken into custody ja-
cluded Sergio.Osmena, believed to
be the son of a former senator, and
Eugenio Lopez, publisher of the
now defunct Banila Chronicle.
Tatad's statement came 48 hours
after an assailant wielding a Lot-
long blos knifenstabbed Marcos'
wife Imedla at an awards cere-
mony.
Ms. Marcos suffered deep wounds
in both} hands and her right arm

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