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23 Years Ago

Every year on this day, I remember the crew of the space shuttle Challenger and its too-brief mission 51-L that started on Tuesday, January 28, 1986 at 11:38 a.m. and ended 73 seconds later when the shuttle exploded. The Challenger Seven included Commander Francis R. "Dick" Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, and crewmembers Christa McAuliffe (the first 'Teacher in Space'), Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnick and Ronald E. McNair, and Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis.

I was, and am, particularly inspired by the story of Christa McAuliffe, and blogged about it last year in this post, but from what I have read over the years, all seven astronauts were amazing people, and so are their survivors.

Three years ago, at a Cape Canaveral, Fla., 20th-anniversary tribute to the fallen astronauts, Dick Scobee's widow, June Scobee Rodgers, told the crowd that her husband understood and accepted the risks of space travel.

Her words that day serve as a fitting remembrance to the Challenger Seven -- and a lesson for us. "Without risk there's no discovery, there's no new knowledge, there's no bold adventure, all of which help the human soul to soar," she said. "And the greatest risk is to take no risk."

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Jan. 29th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Wow...that long ago already?! Great quote...really...wise....
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