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January 28 – February 3, 2013 / Vol 32, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA

25 Jan 2013, 21:46 UTC
January 28 – February 3, 2013 / Vol 32, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Challenger and Columbia Remembrances Lead to Educational Initiatives, Inspire Future Space Explorers

Educational events and tributes take place this week in remembrance of courageous astronauts whose lives were lost in pursuit of space exploration and scientific advancement. On January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51L broke apart 73 seconds after launch, claiming the lives of 7 astronauts: Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnick, Ronald McNair and Gregory Jarvis. Honoring the astronauts and their accomplishments, organizations such as Citizens in Space (formerly Teachers in Space) and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education with 45 national and 3 international locations advance STEM education and space exploration awareness / interest in all communities. Also celebrated this week are the lives of 7 astronauts from the February 1, 2003 Columbia STS-107 Shuttle disaster, Richard Husband, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown and Kalpana Chawla. Among many events worldwide, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation is holding a ceremony on Feb 1 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to honor the crew. The 46th Apollo 1 Observation on Jan 27 commemorates 3 more pioneering astronauts, Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. With the retirement of the ...

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