The Surly Bonds of Earth
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Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair
Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.
January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, United States, at 11:39 a.m. EST (16:39 UTC). Twenty five years ago today. Has it really been that long?
Quoting President Reagan; “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. 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.”