Three years ago I wrote about today, and the Challenger tragedy again comes to mind this morning. I still remember, and probably always will, being a ten-year old boy who wanted more than anything to be an astrobaut someday, and seeing my heroes die so tragically.
I also remember, with a chill, later in the day when President Reagan eulogizd the crew to the nation and ended with:
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.”