25th Anniversary of Challenger: Tragic Space Shuttle Disaster
Today marks the 25th anniversary of NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger, in which 7 brave astronauts were tragically killed in an explosion. While this may not be thought of as “typical,” celeb news, perhaps there needs to be a re-evaluation of who we consider to be true celebrities (Christa McAuliffe), and heroes (Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik, Ron McNair Gregory Jarvis).
25 years ago the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in front of millions of fixated viewers, as the event was broadcast on live television. The ship exploded a mere 73 seconds after blast-off, and the seven crew members were instantly killed. The mission was intended to take the first schoolteacher, Christa McAuliffe into space. Her widow, Steven McAuliffe has thanked everyone for continuing to remember the tragedy and the crew members who died. The 6 other crew members included Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik, Ron McNair, and Gregory Jarvis.
A ceremony was held today at the Kennedy Space Center, in remembrance of the deceased. The ceremony took place in front of the Space Mirror Memorial, which is in tribute to the 24 people who have died while exploring space.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden spoke, saying, “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the loss of the Challenger—a tragedy that caused us to completely rethink our systems and processes as we worked to make the shuttle safer.” NASA is currently trying to launch the space shuttle Atlantis, but has not yet received the necessary funds from Congress.
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