Challenger 22 Years Later

Yesterday marked the 22nd anniversary of the Challenger disaster:

On this day in 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger Crew lost their lives as the spacecraft broke apart on its way into space.

The crew of STS-51-L mission included pilot Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.

Challenger is one of my very first memories. I was about two months shy of my fifth birthday when it happened and clearly remember the shock and horror of it all. It’s hard to believe so much time as passed.

It was a great tragedy. We should all remember these heroic pioneers who gave their lives in the spirit of exploration.

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