The Challenger Disaster

On January 28th 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded in mid air taking with it lives of seven people. The moment was watched by millions, many of whom were school kids. Ronald Reagan’s speech to the nation after the tragedy was one of the best he ever gave.

“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 honored 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 their journey and waved good-bye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”

1 Comment so far

  1. John Morris (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    Sorry about being a day late.

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