25 Years Ago Today, We Lost The Challenger
Just over a minute into their flight, Commander Francis Scobee was given the go to “throttle up.”
What happened next was just unthinkable to those of us watching on TV or on the ground. Space travel had become so “ordinary” by then when all of a sudden we were given a horrifying reminder of just how technically intricate man’s foray into space really was, and how quickly the lives of seven brave astronauts could be taken from us.
It was a shock around the world really as millions of people witnessed the loss of the Challenger, STS-51-L over and over again on television sets around the world.
Today we remember:
Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka
Payload Specialist and Gradeschool Teacher Christa McAuliffe.
Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis
Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik
Pilot Michael J. Smith
Commander Francis “Dick” Scobee
Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair
May God bless and keep them, and give their families comfort this day.