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January 25-31, 2016 / Vol 35, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA

22 Jan 2016, 21:13 UTC
January 25-31, 2016 / Vol 35, No 4 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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30th Observation of Challenger, and Other Remembrances: Inspiring a Future Among the Stars

USA and international space communities observe on January 28 the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic breakup of Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51L at 73 seconds after launch, extinguishing the lives of seven astronauts, Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnick and Ronald McNair. The drive to explore and discover is burning bright across the world as testament to their memories. Nations, companies, institutions and individuals everywhere are pushing the boundaries of what is actionable and conceivable in space. Also remembered and celebrated this week are Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee who were lost on January 27, 49 years ago in a fire during an Apollo 1 launch simulation test, and Astronauts Richard Husband, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown and Kalpana Chawla, who died when Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 disintegrated upon reentry 13 years ago on February 1. Events and observations are held annually around this time in many locations. In Hawaii, the Kealakekua-native and first person of Japanese ancestry to reach space, is honored with the 2016 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day ...

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