Today’s Anniversary: The Space Shuttle Challenger

From time to time this blog doesn't focus on American School news or joyous occasions like birthdays.  Today is one of those days.  On this date in 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off.  Much like the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana and the events of September 11, 2001, those of us who were alive thirty years ago today know exactly where we were when we heard the news.  Such tragedy is not foreign to NASA, especially around this time of year.  On January 27, 1967, a fatal fire occurred during an Apollo 1 mission.  On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry.  You can read more about these missions and the astronauts who died by visiting NASA's Day of Remembrance page.  While the men and women aboard the Challenger and Columbia and involved in the Apollo 1 mission came from diverse backgrounds, they were involved in the space program in part because they wished to acquire knowledge that not only would improve their generation but also improve the lives of generations to come.  Today we honor them and thank them and their fellow space program members for their bravery.