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86horn
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This coming week has a great and sad significance for NASA with Friday marking the anniversary of the Apollo 1 disaster, Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Challenger, and Wednesday the anniversary of Columbia. Go to the portal. Well done flash pages.

Thursday, Jan. 26, has been designated as NASA's Day of Remembrance, during which the agency honors the sacrifices of those who have lost their lives in
the cause of space exploration. In observance, the National flags at all NASA facilities will be flown half-staff on Jan. 26. For additional information on the Day of Remembrance, visit http://www.nasa.gov

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NASA Administrator Michael Griffin issued the following statement today to the public:
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Today we pause to remember the loss of all of our employees, including our Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia astronauts, and to honor their legacy. Nearly 50 years into the space age, spaceflight remains the pinnacle of human challenge, an endeavor just barely possible with today's technology. We at NASA are privileged to be in the business of learning how to do it, to extend the frontier of the possible, and, ultimately, to make space travel routine. It is an enormously difficult enterprise. The losses we commemorate today are a strong and poignant reminder of the sternness of the challenge.
Griffin also sent a message to NASA employees and contractors:
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Today we pause to remember the loss of our Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia astronauts and to honor their legacy. To this end, I will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath in their memory.

Nearly fifty years into the space age, spaceflight remains the pinnacle of human challenge, an endeavor just barely possible with today's technology.

We at NASA are privileged to be in the business of learning how to do it, to extend the frontier of the possible and ultimately to make the possible routine. It is an enormously difficult enterprise, made more so by the fact that we are human beings, and flawed. The losses we commemorate today are a mute and terrible reminder of the sternness of the challenge, and of awful consequences of our flaws.

It has always been this way. We celebrate Lindbergh as the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. But he wasn't the first to try. Chuck Yeager made history as the pilot who broke the "sound barrier." He wasn't the first to try, either. School children are taught of Magellan's pioneering voyage around the world. But only one of his five ships and 18 of the roughly 250 original sailors completed the voyage. Magellan himself didn't make it back; he was killed in the Philippines. About half of the settlers who set out on the Oregon Trail, or for the California gold fields, didn't make it. Amelia Earhart didn't make it. Today is the day we remember, and honor, those of our own who didn't make it back.

And how do we remember and honor them? No one has ever said it better than Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg: "It is for us, the living ... that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain." And just as we fly safely today because of the lessons learned from the loss of earlier generations of aviators, so also is spaceflight safer because of the losses we remember at this time of the year. The spacecraft fire hazards and the bolted hatch that killed the Apollo 1 crew will not kill another. The solid rocket booster that was responsible for the loss of Challenger is today the most reliable space transportation element we have. And the devastating effects of seemingly harmless debris upon Columbia are forever emblazoned on our consciousness. These are mistakes that will not be made again.

But as we remember those who have fallen, we must also honor them by acknowledging, humbly, that they cannot be the last. We have not made our last mistake in learning the art and science of spaceflight. There are places in Arlington Cemetery, and elsewhere, waiting for others who have yet to pay the ultimate price for our human failings. We do not know who, or why, or when, but it will come. We pray, today, that it will be a very long time. Let us on this Day of Remembrance honor our lost companions by resolving to make it so.


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I ask each of you in the cS family to pause and remember those we lost in your own way.

Let us strive to work together so that they will never be forgotten and so their work will go on.

Besides the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger STS-51L and Columbia STS-107, let us not forget the original Gemini 9 crew, the crews of Soyuz 1 and Soyuz 11 and the other astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the line of duty.

Godspeed to them and their families.

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I will pause and remember.

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On other boards where I read, to indicate a moment of silence has been observed, a blank reply is posted with just one character, a period (see my next reply below). I offer this not as a rule but just a suggestion for those who might not have the words but want to express their memories for the lost astronauts and NASA employees we remember today.

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Amen.

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I'll be leaving tonight for my annual pilgrimage to Arlington to remember Gus, Roger, and the Challenger crew buried there.

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..sorry, as well as the Columbia crew. (It's still too fresh in my mind..)

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May they never be forgotton. Amen

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Jim Irwin rests real close to Gus and Roger.

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AMEN..
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Purely by to grace of timing, my wife and I will be at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Saturday morning for their observance of the 20th anniversary of the 51-L accident. I'm really looking forward to a chance to reflect with others who cared.

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"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - Gus Grissom

"We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are." Gene Roddenberry

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You mourn the loss, but you don't wear the black armband forever.

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