Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ad Astra Per Aspera: Challenger and Columbia

'Through Hardships To The Stars'

front row: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair;
back row: Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.

We remember the great Challenger disaster, 25 years ago this weekend.

(embedding disabled, alas)

We also remember the crew of Columbia, the eighth anniversary of which comes on Tuesday, February 1:

The crew of STS-107. L to R: LtC David M. Brown, Col Rick D. Husband, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, LtC Michael P. Anderson, CDR William C. McCool, Col Ilan Ramon (Israeli Air Force)

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' to 'touch the face of God. - Ronald Reagan (speech by Peggy Noonan)


  1. Let's not forget the crew of Apollo 1 (1967)
    Gus Grissom
    Roger Chafee
    Ed White
    They were lost in a fire during a pre-flight rehearsal for what would have been the first Apollo mission.

  2. Thank you. And let us also remember our Russian competition, many of whom lost their lives reaching for the stars, some of whom we will never know about.


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