After Columbia STS-107

Flight Controller's Creed
Mars Challenger
The Creed

These words hang next to the entrance of the Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center, part of Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX...and next to the entrance of After Columbia with references to the Original added.

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1. To instill within ourselves these qualities essential to professional excellence: (II Peter 1:3-11)
Discipline: Being able to follow as well as to lead, knowing that we must master ourselves before we can master our task. (Phillipians 2:1-8)
Competence: There being no substitute for total preparation and complete dedication, for space will not tolerate the careless or indifferent. (Phillipians 4:8,9)
Confidence: Believing in ourselves as well as others, knowing that we must master fear and hesitation before we can succeed. (Phillipians 4:6-7)
Responsibility: Realizing that it cannot be shifted to others, for it belongs to each of us; we must answer for what we do (Matthew 25:34-36) - or fail to do.  (Matthew 25:41-43)
Toughness: Taking a stand when we must; to try again, even if it means following a more difficult path. (Matthew 7:13,14)
Teamwork: Respecting and utilizing the abilities of others, realizing that we work toward a common goal, for success depends upon the efforts of all.(Phillipians 2:1-8)
2. To always be aware (Matthew 24:43,44) that suddenly and unexpectedly we may find ourselves in a role where our performance has ultimate consequences. (Ezekiel 3:17-21)
3. To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in the trying we do not give it our best effort. (I Corinthians 9:24-27)

Original from; hand typed by Terry Wilson (not cut-and-pasted) supporting Scripture links provided courtesy (not in original Flight Controller's Creed, as far as we know.  The addresses were cut-and-pasted)