Challenger Disaster Victims Remembered By NASA

January 29th, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
aposnCape Canaveral, Jan 29, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, often considered to be the biggest failure of the American space agency NASA in which seven astronauts were killed. A special memorial service was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida’s Cape Canaveral to remember the victims of the deadly explosion that rocked the nation more than two decades ago. The space shuttle Challenger exploded in space after just 73 seconds of launch, killing all the seven crew members aboard the spacecraft including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, who was the very first ordinary citizen bound for space.

The ceremony that took place on early Friday morning at the launch site of the space agency witnessed the presence of family members of the deceased crew, space agency managers, ex-astronauts as well as school children who were not even born when Challenger exploded over Atlantic about 25 years ago. While talking at the event, Bill Gerstenmaier, who is responsible for the human space flight programs by NASA, said that the team has over the years, learnt many lessons from such setbacks while emphasizing that fear of failure should not be the deterrent in exploring the mysteries of space.

June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Francis ‘Dick’ Scobee, the commander of Challenger made an appeal to the large number of crowds gathered at the venue to ‘boldly look to the future’ not only in case of space travel but space and science education as well. At the same time, June Scobee Rodgers also hinted that the entire world knew how the Challenger astronauts died but the main aim was to let people know the reason for which they were risking their lives.

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