Today marks the anniversary of the Challenger explosion 30 years ago. The Challenger, and later, the Columbia, are stark reminders of what it takes to travel into the unknown. These heroes laid their lives on the line to show that humanity can do anything it puts its mind to, no matter the adversity that arises.An explosion 73 seconds into the launch ended Challenger’s 10th mission, STS-51-L, which was to deploy tracking and data relay satellites. All 7 crew members were lost, and it was also the end of the “Teacher in Space” following the loss of its first participant during this tragedy, Christa McAuliffe.
Check out the video below for the powerful words of President Ronald Reagan following the disaster.
Your loved ones were daring and brave. They had that special grace, that special spirit that says, ‘Give me a challenge and I’ll meet it with joy.’