Challenger's lessons 25 years later (Video)
VIDEO | By The Associated Press
Friday marks the 25th anniversary since the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, which killed seven astronauts, including the first teacher picked to fly in Space, Christa McAuliffe. A quarter century after the Challenger exploded, lessons from the tragedy continue to influence NASA's decisions (watch the video above for more).
President Obama issued a statement Thursday in honor of NASA Remembrance Day, when the agency remembers the victims of the Apollo 1, Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia accidents.
President Obama's statement on NASA Remembrance Day:
Fifty years ago, a young President facing mounting pressure at home propelled a fledgling space agency on a bold, new course that would push the frontiers of exploration to new heights. Today, on this Day of Remembrance when NASA reflects on the mighty sacrifices made to push those frontiers, America's space agency is working to achieve even greater goals. NASA's new 21st Century course will foster new industries that create jobs, pioneer technology innovation, and inspire a new generation of explorers through education - all while continuing its fundamental missions of exploring our home planet and the cosmos.
Throughout history, however, we have seen that achieving great things sometimes comes at great cost and we mourn the brave astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice in support of NASA missions throughout the agency's storied history. We pause to reflect on the tragic loss of the Apollo 1 crew, those who boarded the space shuttle Challenger in search of a brighter future, and the brave souls who perished on the space shuttle Columbia.
Through triumph and tragedy, each of us has benefited from their courage and devotion, and we honor their memory by dedicating ourselves to a better tomorrow. Despite the challenges before us today, let us commit ourselves and continue their valiant journey toward a more vibrant and secure future.
| January 28, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
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