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Jacques van Oene
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posted 07-24-2004 06:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RELEASE: 04-238

CHALLENGER CREW HONORED WITH CONGRESSIONAL SPACE MEDAL OF HONOR

The families of the Space Shuttle Challenger's crew today accepted the Congressional Space Medal of Honor from NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. The honors, presented in the name of Congress and on behalf of President George W. Bush, were made during a private ceremony with the families of the seven astronauts in Washington.

"The Challenger tragedy was a defining moment in American history and demonstrated that achieving great things often comes with great sacrifice. We honor the bravery and dedication of the crew and their families with a renewed commitment to the causes to which they devoted their lives -- exploration and discovery," said Administrator O'Keefe. "Not a single day goes by that the entire NASA family doesn't think about the incredible spirit of these brave explorers. We will never forget our fallen astronaut heroes and their courageous families."

The Space Shuttle Challenger's crew of seven astronauts died in the explosion of their spacecraft during the launch of STS-51-L on January 28, 1986, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The explosion occurred 73 seconds into the flight, as a result of a leak in one of two Solid Rocket Boosters that ignited the main liquid fuel tank.


Presidential Science Advisor Dr. John Marburger and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe are joined by STS-51L crew family members, including Christa McAuliffe's mother Grace Corrigan, Jane Smith Wolcott, June Scobee Rodgers, Cheryl McNair and Charles Resnik.

(con't from above) The STS-51-L crew included Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik, Ronald E. McNair and Ellison S. Onizuka, Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis and Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to fly in space.

The Congressional Space Medal of Honor was authorized by Congress in 1969 to recognize "any astronaut who in the performance of his duties has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind."

Astronauts who have been honored with the Congressional Space Medal include John Young, Jim Lovell, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Shannon Lucid, William Shepherd and Senator John Glenn. In all, a total of 27 astronauts have now been honored.

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong received the very first Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Jacques :-)
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nelyubov
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posted 07-24-2004 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nelyubov   Click Here to Email nelyubov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You mention 27 as the number of those astronauts receiving the Spae Medal of Honor. I know of only 12 having received it before the Challenger crew.
Armstrong
Borman
Conrad
Glenn
Grissom
Shepard
Young
Stafford
Lovell
Lucid
Chaffee
White

Now the Challenger Crew. Who are the other 8 recipients?? The Columbia Crew and who else?

Thanks

Mark

sfurtaw
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posted 07-24-2004 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfurtaw   Click Here to Email sfurtaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the Astronaut Fact book at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/factsheets/pdfs/astro.pdf (dated July 2003) William Sheperd was awarded the Medal on January 15, 2003.

To the best of my knowledge, the crew of Columbia have not been awarded the Medal, so that still leaves seven unaccounted for.

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-25-2004 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sfurtaw:
To the best of my knowledge, the crew of Columbia have not been awarded the Medal, so that still leaves seven unaccounted for.

The STS-107 crew members' families accepted the award on the one year anniversary of the loss of Columbia.

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