Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Week Of Remembrance.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire. (Here.) Today is the anniversary of the Challenger disaster. (Here.) Wednesday is the anniversary of Columbia's destruction. (Here.)

Others have written about the lessons to be learned from these accidents. (Here, here, here, for example.)

On this space we remember the 17 people who died helping to open the space frontier. Here are their names:

Apollo 1:

Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Edward Higgins White, II, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Roger Bruce Chaffee, Lieutenant Commander, USN

Challenger:

Francis R. Scobee, Commander
Michael J. Smith, Pilot
Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist 1
Ellison S. Onizuka, Mission Specialist 2
Ronald E. McNair, Mission Specialist 3
Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist 1
Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist 2

Columbia:

Rick D. Husband, Commander
William C. McCool, Pilot
Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander
Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist
David M. Brown, Mission Specialist
Laurel B. Clark, Mission Specialist
Ilan Ramon, (ISA) Payload Specialist

May they rest in peace. And may their sacrifices not be in vain.

-tdr

Comments:
Let's also not forget four more brave Cosmonauts who gave their lives reaching for the stars:

April 24, 1967: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed when his Soyuz I spacecraft crashes on return to Earth.

June 29, 1971: Cosmonauts Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev die during re-entry of their Soyuz 11 spacecraft. A government commission disclosed that the three died 30 minutes before landing because a faulty valve depressurised the spacecraft.
 
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