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In Remembrance

28 Jan 2011, 18:34 UTC
In Remembrance
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25 years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger was lost 73 seconds into her flight. Seven souls were lost. At the time, I was at home -- school had been canceled due to snow. Though a was a space nerd even then, I wasn't watching the launch. I was out sledding, and came inside for a break when my mom called to say she'd heard something on the radio about the space shuttle landing in the Atlantic Ocean. I was glued to CNN for the rest of the day.

Like many people, I felt that combination of shock, sadness, disbelief, even occasional hope that someone may have survived. At the time, I was angry that the majority of the coverage seemed to focus only on Christa McAuliffe, the "teacher in space" astronaut. As a kid, I didn't fully appreciate what it meant to have a civilian astronaut, and I felt that the rest of the crew was being shortchanged. I had never appreciated just how dangerous space travel is, and how much each of our astronauts risks every time they journey into the heavens.

This week always contains a day of remembrance at NASA. Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of ...

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