Amidst all of man's triumphs, lie his fragility, memories, and his sorrows... The NASA family pauses every January for a Day of Remembrance, honoring the fallen heroes of Apollo 1. Challenger and Colombia and all of those who have given their lives in the cause of exploration and discovery." Source.
"As President Ronald Reagan said of the Challenger crew, "We will always remember them, these skilled professionals, scientists, and adventurers, these artists and teachers and family men and women, and we will cherish each of their stories-- stories of triumph and bravery, stories of true American heroes."
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"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.-NASA set forth a safer evolution in space, in memory of these pioneers... The once anxiety of blame, has 'fallen away' from humanity's renewed hope to explore...
"All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct."
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Some gave all: From Ed.
A PERSONAL NOTE: The memory of the fateful 1986 Challenger mission held personal significance for me, as it happened the day after my Grandfather died. 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...
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.
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." more.
About the Challenger Centers:
"With determination and vision, the Challenger families turned this tragedy into a monumental educational opportunity for children and adults alike."