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Photo Gallery: Challenger heroes not forgotten

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NASA Photo: Back row (L to R): Mission Specialist, Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist, Judy Resnik. Front row (L to R): Pilot Mike Smith, Commander, Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist, Ron McNair.

NASA Photo: Back row (L to R): Mission Specialist, Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist, Judy Resnik. Front row (L to R): Pilot Mike Smith, Commander, Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist, Ron McNair.

Today we’re remembering another tragedy that happened 25 years ago in the blue skies above Florida. The space shuttle Challenger blasted off from the launch pad with hopes, dreams, and expectations, but 73 minutes into the flight — it broke apart — killing the crew– and shocking a nation.

One of the most touching speeches about that disaster came from then President Ronald Reagan. Here are two excerpts:

President Ronald Reagan speech on The Challenger Disaster January 28, 1986

For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we’re thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, ‘Give me a challenge and I’ll meet it with joy.’ They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honoured us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’

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2 Responses to Photo Gallery: Challenger heroes not forgotten

  1. DixieFlyer Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Thank You Miss Fronnie!!

    Your touching salute to the WHOLE Crew touched meto the max.

    Our wonderful City of Burbank has had a vested interest in so many “flights” over the years.

    Your reference to the words of President Ronald Reagan brought back memories of the comfort those words conveyed to some school children, and their parents, as we watched his speech on Tv after the tragic end of the “mission”.

    Those words to “touch the face of God” were part of the reassurance we all needed, right then.

    Nah, you ain’t got no credentials.

  2. Fronnie Monday, January 31, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    Dixie,

    I have memories of that tragedy and that day as
    well. I did not agree with President Reagan’s
    politics, but on that day he was right on the
    mark. His speech, one of his best I believe,
    provided comfort and reasurrance to a stunned
    and hurting nation.

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