Speaking at a Kea'au High School Remembrance Day Ceremony, PISCES Executive Director Rob Kelso recalled time spent with local space hero Ellison S. Onizuka, before the Hawaii Island born astronaut was lost in the NASA Challenger disaster, 30 years ago to the day. Also, president Ronald Reagan's speech on the same day, when he said "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God". "Our thoughts and memories of Christa will always be fresh and comforting".
Challenger lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Jan. 28, 1986. The McAuliffes normally do not take part in these NASA memorials, so Scott's presence was especially noteworthy.
They knew that this mission would involve the coldest launch in history, and that the shuttle's rocket boosters weren't created to function properly under such extreme temperatures. She would be proud, he noted, of the Challenger Learning Centers. "They're actually lessons learned", said Rodgers, an educator who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The former space shuttle pilot reciting the names of all 24 astronauts killed in the line of duty over the years, Jon McBride, had to fight back tears. All seven members of the Challenger's crew, Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron MC Nair Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis and Judith Resnik, passed away from the incident. He now heads the Hilo-based Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems. Both his children are now in their 50s.
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