To the editor:

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), is a national organization of over 500 chapters and 70,000 members.The AIAA is proud of the U.S. space program and the many benefits it has provided to our communities. Many companies and individuals have dedicated technological resources in the fields of medicine, science, and communications, that have benefited literally the entire world.

Technological and scientific advances are not made without risk. There is always sadness when technical failure causes loss of human life.

Such a failure occurred in December 1987, at the Wasatch Division of Morton Thiokol, a leader of world renown in rocket propulsion.

We believe the companies involved in the U.S. space program are dedicated to achieving their goals in as safe and hazard-free an environment as possible. Yet, tragic and catastrophic events do occur.

The Utah Section of the AIAA gives our total support to the professional leadership provided by Morton Thiokol in the science of rocketry.

We have shared in their scientific achievements and successes these many years, and we pledge our support as they recover from this recent tragedy.

Robert C. Pendleton

Secretary, AIAA

Salt Lake City