~~January 28, 2016~~
ODE TO CHALLENGER
It was one of those day that will remain etched in your memory for the rest of your life. You will always remember what you were doing when this event occurred.
I was at work watching as the Challenger took off.
Then it happened …. the unimaginable.
Thoughts and memories with all who lost their lives.
From Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
Eager and ready you stood
In stately pre-launch repose.
At “Main engine start 3–2–1,”
From a mighty cloud you rose.
Your rockets thrust you skyward
But on “Throttle up” they failed.
A fireball consumed you,
Wayward boosters left their trail.
The Atlantic was below
Where Columbus first set sail.
An enterprising journey,
Where the brave alone prevailed.
Your astronauts showed courage.
With you they fell to sea.
There was pilot Michael Smith
And commander Dick Scobee.
The engineers Greg Jarvis
And Judith Resnik were there;
And physicist Ron McNair.
Who could forget the teacher
Christa McAuliffe, who gives
The “All aboard” for your descent.
In life she died, but now lives.
Our urge to explore remains –
Deep within us, ’til last breath.
But therein lies the challenge
To discover we risk death.
The nation stopped; the world mourned.
To space you did not climb.
Lost to NASA forever,
Hallowed forever in time.
(Neil deGrasse Tyson 2012, W. W. Norton: New York).
NOTE: The Ode alludes to all five shuttles of the day: Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery, Enterprise.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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~Remembering the Challenger Disaster~
~Published on Jan 27, 2016~
On January 28, 1986, the tenth mission of the space shuttle Challenger ended in tragic disaster. We remember the seven astronauts who lost their lives that day, including Christa McAuliffe, who was chosen by NASA to pioneer its Teacher in Space program.
We ALL are ONE!!