Today is a day that NASA has designated as the Day of Remembrance for the crews lost in the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia disasters. It’s important to remember that the space business is not without risk and we have lost some amazing people in the pursuit of this incredible and noble endeavor.
Today we remember — Apollo 1 (Jan. 27, 1967): Astronauts Roger B. Chaffee, Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Edward H. White Jr.
— Challenger (Jan. 28, 1986): Astronauts Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith A. Resnik, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis and S. Christa McAuliffe
— Columbia (Feb. 1, 2003): Astronauts Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel B. Clark and Ilan Ramon
Take a moment today to think of not only these amazing individuals and their families but of all the people who contribute to human spaceflight… the continuation of the journey is most definitely what these heroes would have wanted.