Space Quote: The Loss of the Challenger Crew 36 Years Ago

Image (Credit): Challenger STS-51L crew members Michael J. Smith, front row left, Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Ronald E. McNair; Ellison S. Onizuka, back row left, S. Christa McAuliffe, Gregory B. Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik. (NASA)

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.'”

-Statement by President Ronald Reagan addressing the nation from the Oval Office at the White House on January 28, 1986 following the space shuttle Challenger disaster. It seems like a good time to remember the crew given the news this week about debris recovered from the space shuttle. You can find the entire White House address here.