Remember The Challenger

Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist (via NASA).
There will be further posts today, and it's some good stuff, you should definitely check back later on. But I wanted to take a moment first and remind everyone that today is the 28th anniversary of the loss of the Challenger.

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 11:38 EST, and 76 seconds into the flight an O-ring failed, causing a catastrophic sequence of events that lead to the breakup of the module. All seven crewmembers, seen above, were lost.

Exploration, discovery and investigation are perhaps the greatest calling that we can aspire to. The further we reach the more we learn, not just about our world and our universe, but about ourselves. Every boundary we push, every frontier we cross adds to greater whole (the greatest whole) of knowledge. But it is not without risk. Any time we push a boundary, there is a risk that the boundary will push back. We might feel that the time of great explorers disappearing off into the wilds, never to be heard from again is gone, but it isn't. Despite our advances, despite our safe guards and our best efforts, accidents happen. This was an accident. Tragic, horrible and avoidable. And, in the worst possible way that one can learn a lesson, educational. The loss of these seven scientists - explorers - should never be minimized, never be degraded and should never be forgotten.

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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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