NASA marks anniversary of Challenger accident
Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 8:58 pm
By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, seven astronauts died aboard space shuttle Challenger when it exploded shortly after liftoff.
NASA officials gathered at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center this morning to mark the somber anniversary. Special guests included the widow of Challenger’s commander, June Scobee Rodgers.
She was the featured speaker at the outdoor ceremony. Her husband, Dick Scobee, died along with his six crewmates on Jan. 28, 1986. Schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe was among the dead.
Rodgers was instrumental in establishing the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.
The ceremony took place at the Space Mirror Memorial, a granite monument bearing the names of all 24 astronauts who have died in the line of duty.
Published in The Messenger 1.28.11