Friday, January 29, 2010

NASA Remembrance Day

"...We are a questing people - curiosity in action - pushing back the boundaries of the unknown and adding to our storehouse of new knowledge that has served us so well. Within a tiny time frame of history we have leaped past the whole world with advances undreamed of just a few years ago." - John Glenn

Today marks NASA Remembrance Day, where we pay homage to those brave souls who accepted the risks to fulfill their dreams of exploration and sadly paid the ultimate price.

This particular week in NASA territory is emotional. These men and women were more than just names on the national news. They were our neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Their deaths will not be forgotten.

"I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave." - Ronald Reagan


  1. The NASA Remembreance Day site is wonderful and a beautiful way to revisit the Missions and the Astronauts. I had never noticed that the dates for each of the tragedies were within a week of each other, Jan 27, Jan 28 & Feb 1. The first one was the day before I was married and I do remember that one, even before cable TV.

  2. I didn't realize the dates were so close together either. I remember the Challenger like it was yesterday...I was a senior in high school! Wow, does time fly.

  3. I was a sophomore in high school and remembering being shocked. But it's Columbia that really rocked me. I will never forget the phone call for me to turn on the tv. The fear and realization that it was true. The way the community really pulled together for the families.


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