Updated: 01.29.2014

To Boldly Go…

Each year, the last week of January marks two very somber and difficult anniversaries for manned spaceflight. Today, I simply pay tribute to all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of man’s quest to “boldly go where no one has gone before…”

Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee

Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee

Photo Credit: NASA

On January 27, 1967, we lost these three TRUE (American) heroes… their tragic deaths led to better designs and practices for the command modules making space flight safer for all who followed in their proverbial footsteps. Thank you for your sacrifices…

Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith A. ResnikMichael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair

Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith A. Resnik
Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair

Photo Credit: NASA

On January 28, 1986, we lost the crew of Challenger (STS-51-L). Again, the deaths of these brave souls was not in vain – and led to increased safety standards and more stringent launch protocols.

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