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January 26 – February 1, 2015 / Vol 34, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA

23 Jan 2015, 21:22 UTC
January 26 – February 1, 2015 / Vol 34, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Celebrating Human Endeavor, Rising Above Challenges: Remembering Apollo 1, Challenger STS-51L, Columbia STS-107

In dedication to the bright future of exploration and evolution of human understanding out among the Galaxy Stars, we pause to remember and celebrate the great individuals who sacrifice everything in the pursuit of knowledge and ability, in peace for all. On January 27, 48 years ago Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were lost in a fire during an Apollo 1 launch simulation test. January 28 is the 29th anniversary of the catastrophic breakup of Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51L at 73 seconds after launch, which took the lives of seven astronauts, Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnick and Ronald McNair. The passing of fellow astronauts Richard Husband, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown and Kalpana Chawla, due to disintegration upon reentry of Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 is remembered for the 11th year on February 1. The silver lining on these somber clouds is that the Space Age surges on with more and more pioneering individuals and enterprises, ambitious countries emerging as actors on the space exploration frontier, and the 6 major spacefaring powers ...

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