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Author: TriSec    Date: 01/28/2023 12:31:40

January 28, 1986


I am particularly enamored of a Jewish saying I learned a few years ago. It states that we die twice - once, when we physically die, and finally the last time our names are spoken on this Earth.

To that end ......

Commander Dick Scobee
Pilot Michael Smith
Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka
Mission Specialist Judith Resnick
Mission Specialist Ron McNair
Payload Specialist Gregory Jarvis
Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe

But that's not all. Yesterday was the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire.

Command Pilot Gus Grissom
Senior Pilot Ed White
Pilot Roger Chaffee

But wait, there's more - in a few days' time, February 1 marks the loss of the Columbia.

Commander Rick Husband
Pilot William McCool
Mission Specialist Michael Anderson
Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla
Mission Specialist David Brown
Mission Specialist Laurel Clark
Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon

There is no single memorial to all those lost in space. There is the Space Mirror, but that only includes American names.

There is also the Fallen Astronaut, but that was placed decades ago before the shuttle program, and does not include those Soviet Cosmonauts that died in secrecy during the cold war.

Look up; the cosmos will remember.

2 comments (Latest Comment: 01/28/2023 16:36:43 by Will_in_LA)
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Comment by BobR on 01/28/2023 15:38:47
With so much science fiction, I think people tend to look at space travel as inevitable and relatively safe. History has taught us otherwise. Brave are those who strap themselves to controlled high explosives to propel them into an unforgiving and unlivable environment, all for the sake of knowledge and learning.

Perhaps it's time for a new member to join the pantheon of memorials in downtown DC.

Comment by Will_in_LA on 01/28/2023 16:36:43
I remember the Challenger explosion, first hearing about it from a classmate and then seeing it scroll across a screen that listed headlines at my school's cafeteria.

We must remember the past. We should consider all who died while trying to explore space as heroes who summon us to a new future. Arthur Clarke said that if human civilization lasts a million years, then the word ship will refer to the word spaceship for all but a small fraction of time.