Remembering - 20 Years ago as the World pays tribute to these brave pioneers, whose contributions, are forever etched into the archrivals of time. They represent Humanity's need to explore...
[Click emblem or link: Nasa's Tribute
"All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct."
~ Carl Sagan
"Humanity must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only then will we fully understand the world in which we live."
~ Socrates, 500 B.C.
"The memory of this mission, and tragedy... holds personal significance for me, as it happened the day after my Grandfather died, in 1986. He was a very great patriot and humanitarian and, although I was just a little girl who did not understand much about death, I always had thought that he went up ahead of them." -MB
The Challenger flag
Other children (center) holding flag, had to visualize what had happened, too.
[Click-image: Gordon Ryan]
This American flag, donated to the Challenger mission by Boy Scout Troop 514; set into the flight kit aboard the mission:
..."On January 25, 1985, the flag from Troop 514, was submitted to the NASA Johnson Space Center by the Second Space Wing, for flight on a space shuttle. On January 28, 1986, it was carried in the official flight kit of the Challenger space shuttle on its last flight, sealed in plastic, in a box next to some souvenir medallions.
As the Challenger wreckage was brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, rescuers found this flag, still in its sealed plastic bag, intact and completely unscathed. The souvenir medallions had melted into lumps.
Dec. 18, 1986, the Challenger flag was returned to Troop 514 by astronaut Guy Bluford (second from right) in a ceremony at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado." read more.
For new children...
About the Challenger Centers:
"With determination and vision, the Challenger families turned this tragedy into a monumental educational opportunity for children and adults alike."
There about 50 Challenger Learning Centers across the United States, including three in Indiana, offering lessons in space exploration and aerospace technology through a simulated mission. - credits
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