The Challenger disaster, 25 years later

In memory of the seven American heroes of science and learning who lost their lives 73 seconds after takeoff, 25 years ago today…

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Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
Pilot Michael J. Smith
Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik
Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair
Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka
Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis
Educator Sharon Christa McAuliffe

Read all about them here, and take a moment today to remember their sacrifice.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    The phrase “Roger, go with throttle up” is burned into my memory forever.

  • Josh Richman

    I was not quite 15 years old, and I’m not sure why I was home at shortly before noon on a Tuesday – a snow day? – but I saw it happen live on TV, and I doubt I’ll ever forget it.

  • John W

    I didn’t see it live but remember vividly when my admin walked into my office in tears to tell me. When the Columbia blew up over Texas on its return to the Cape, my niece was in her emergency medicine residency and part of a NASA/University of Florida team standing by to render assistance to family members or, less likely, to surviving flight crew just in case something bad happened. Unfortunately, it did.