NASA's Day of Remembrance honors fallen astronauts
James Dean, FLORIDA TODAY
3:49 p.m. EST January 28, 2016
The day before her launch from Kennedy Space Center aboard the space shuttle Challenger 30 years ago today, Christa McAuliffe, NASA's Teacher in Space, took time in crew quarters to write college recommendations for some of her New Hampshire students.
"At a time when many people would think only of the impending launch, Christa was taking care of a teacher's business," recalled Barbara Morgan, McAuliffe's backup for the mission, during a ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex.
On the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, Morgan shared stories about her crewmates during NASA's annual Day of Remembrance ceremony, which honors the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews and seven more men killed in aircraft accidents.
"It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since we lost Challenger and her crew," said KSC Director Bob Cabana, a four-time shuttle flier who began training to become an astronaut months before the Challenger explosion 73 seconds after launch, caused by a failure in the right solid rocket booster. "Those of us who are old enough to remember can probably tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing."
Cabana remembered later seeing the wreckage of Challenger's crew cabin laid out at KSC as the accident's cause was investigated.
"It’s no way to bring an orbiter home," he said. "Nor would this be the last time that we would have to do this."
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NASA, nation salute fallen astronauts
Center workers, visitors mark solemn event
February 1st, 2014
We honor astronauts who “paid the ultimate sacrifice in our quest to explore” by remembering their achievements, learning from mistakes that contributed to their deaths and moving forward with new missions, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said Friday.
“We’ve gotten better, and their sacrifice was definitely not in vain,” said Cabana, a four-time shuttle flier, during a Day of Remembrance ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex.
Sheltered by an umbrella, Cabana and Deputy Center Director Janet Petro laid a wreath of red, white and blue magnolias, roses and hydrangeas in front of a dark, rain-streaked Space Mirror Memorial at 10:30 a.m., then bowed their heads in silence...(continue reading full article here)
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