Jan 28 2011

Remembering The Challenger Disaster: On It’s 25th Anniversary

Remembering The Challenger Disaster: On It’s 25th Anniversary

Most kids today wouldn’t remember this event, not unless it was mentioned in a history book. But for those kids that had grew up in the eighties, we remember this well. I myself was 14 years old and in 7th grade. I remember it being announced during one of my classes, that the ‘Challenger’ had exploded and then reaction of every student. Like 9-11 it would be a day that would never be forgotten.

Looking Back & Remembering Those That Were Lost..

The crew of the doomed Challenger space shuttle [Left to Right-Front Row] Astronauts Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair and [Left to Right-Rear Row] Ellison Onizuka, school teacher Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.

A Personal Memory

On the teachers that would have been selected for this trip. I remember one of my personal teachers trying for this honor and then with the shock of this disaster, all the students reflected on this fact.

Christa McAuliffe born on September 2, 1948. Died January 28, 1986 in the tragic Challenger explosion.

Ronald Reagan’s Speech on The Challenger Disaster January 28, 1986

73 seconds after lift off..

Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But, we’ve never lost an astronaut in flight: We’ve never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle: But they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation together.

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.

We’ve grown used to wonders in this century. It’s hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We’ve grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun. We’re still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them…

There’s a coincidence today. On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, ‘He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.’ Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake’s, complete.

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.’

They Will Always Be Remembered



1 Comment

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    By Wheeljack35, January 28, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I was 19 at the time….

    A few things I remember about that day it was my day off from work…Also some students from one of the local high school in Norwalk my hometown in CT were at the launch.They were there because of Christa McCauliffe it was too honor her because she was a school teacher.I also remember that CNN (they were a good station back then) where the only station carrying out the news.I kept that station on most of the day.Since the shuttle missions by that time were common all the networks never bothered to cover the launch

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