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Space Anniversaries [Jan. 27th, 2006|11:40 am]
In memory of those who worked on the frontiers of humankind.

Apollo 1 - Jan 27, 1967
White, Grissom, Chaffee

Challenger - Jan 28, 1986
Scobee, Smith, Resnik, McAuliffe, Onizuka, McNair, Jarvis

Columbia - Feb 1, 2003
Husband, McCool, Chawla, Clark, Anderson, Brown, Ramon

What we can learn:

(1) Working at the forefront of humanity's reach is dangerous and we will lose lives to seen and unseen risks
(2) Details matter
(3) Enthusiasm and luck are no substitute for safety and consistency
(4) Do not volunteer to fly into space in late January around 2022-2026
(5) Humanity must explore

[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2006-01-27 09:03 pm (UTC)
People are recalling Challenger all over my flist. But I also remember Apollo 1. (Because I'm old, basically, but that works for me.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-27 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think Challenger is most-mentioned because it's the even twenty-year anniversary for that one. But we shouldn't overlook the others.

Personally, I think that Apollo I was more of a tragedy because it occured under test (and thus, theoretically, controlled) conditions.
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[User Picture]From: mammallamadevil
2006-01-28 02:43 am (UTC)

agreed re: Apollo...

and it was the "first"...yet, the program continued and persevered...

I also agree with point #4 and $5 most of all...(grin)

was trying to remember the name of the senior (I was a junior) they sent around to tell everyone about what happened.

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[User Picture]From: bluerain
2006-01-28 01:08 am (UTC)
Scobee was from my current hometown of Auburn, WA. The elementary school and the airfield here are named for him.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-28 07:53 am (UTC)
True enough. However, I was thinking of the tragedies that were this week on the calendar. (It just happens that the US deaths all align like that!) Sorry, should've made that clearer in my post.
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