Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,


Today marks the beginning of a week of sad anniversaries, beginning with the 40th anniversary today of the disastrous fire that killed astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward White, and Gus Grissom in the Apollo I capsule. The astronauts who followed them have said that the lunar missions might never have been successful if it weren't for the overhaul in crew capsule safety measures that resulted from their inability to escape the fire.

Tomorrow is the 21st anniversary of the explosion of STS-51L moments after launch, and the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger and her crew.

And in just a few days, on February 1st, the fourth anniversary of the loss on re-entry of the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew.

"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye, and slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God."

-- Ronald Reagan, quoting John Gillespie Magee, Jr.


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