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The Challenger disaster, 25 years later

By Josh Richman
Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 3:19 pm in Uncategorized.

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

sts-51-L mission patch

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.

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  • 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.