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Challenger Disaster

January 28, 2011 by USA Post 

Challenger Disaster, President Ronald Reagan was due to give his State of the Union address the night of the Challenger disaster in 1986.

Instead, it postponed the floor for a week, and on national television to pay tribute to the crew.

He said they were “pioneers”, before concluding his speech with two lines of the poem High Flight John Magee:

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning as they prepared for their trip and said goodbye and” slipped the surly bonds of earth “to” touch the face of God “.

25 years ago today that the Challenger, the transportation of schoolchildren teacher Christa McAuliffe, exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida

Like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a defining moment in history for another generation of Americans, the Challenger disaster and the images of the shuttle explodes against a bright blue sky on January 27, 1986, will remain engraved in the American collective psyche.

When the shuttle exploded, killing all seven astronauts aboard, a severe blow was dealt the U.S. space program.
Everyone remembers where they were when the Challenger space shuttle exploded in the same way they remember what they were doing when they learned that planes had crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on another morning fateful.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12298521

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