NASA remembers the crew members aboard space shuttle Challenger who died after the shuttle exploded in 1986. Jennifer Davis reports.
NASA honors Challenger crew on 30th anniversary of explosion
It was a day of remembrance for NASA, as it marked the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTT KELLY, ASTRONAUT ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) SAYING:
“I’d like to just take a moment of silence and recognize the sacrifice of all those crew members and how their spirit and their legacy lives on and their achievement in space.”
From silence in space…to music and remembrances at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral…NASA honored the six astronauts and one teacher killed on January 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed just 73 seconds after launch, causing Challenger to explode.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BOB CABANA, DIRECTOR OF NASA’S JOHN F. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, SAYING:
“They’ve shown us that exploration is not without risk, that we can learn from our mistakes and be better for them in the end.”
Former astronaut Jon McBride’s voice broke as he called out the names of those killed.
It was an equally somber scene at Arlington National Cemetery – as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency officials – laid a wreath honoring the crews of space shuttles Challenger as well as Columbia and Apollo 1.