The Spacecraft Tarot: Challenger

The Tower is both a self-destruct and reset button.

Do not fall victim to shortsightedness by believing that you are invincible.

The space shuttle Challenger rolling out to the Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: NASA

President Reagan addressed a shocked nation with the words of poet John Gillespie Magee: “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”

STS-51L astronauts, front to back, Francis “Dick” Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, , Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Ellison Onizuka, and Gregory Jarvis prepare to board the Astrovan for the ride out to Launch Pad 39B for the launch. Image Credit: NASA
STS-51L crew members, left to right,Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Francis “Dick” Scobee,
Ronald McNair, Michael Smith, and Ellison Onizuka pose in the White Room of Launch Pad 39B during the
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test.
Image Credit: NASA

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