Friday, February 1, 2013

Remembering those who have fallen

Today marks 10 years since the horrible Columbia tragedy, when space shuttle Columbia fell apart on re-entry after a successful 16 day long mission in space. During takeoff, a piece of foam struck the shuttle's wing, but unbeknownst to the crew and NASA, serious damage had been done. Many people have lost their lives in the name of science and space exploration, and I would like to to honor them and others who have died for that cause. In the list, I include those who died in training-related incidents as well. Below is a list of those who have died in the name of space exploration. You will never be forgotten.

Those who have died in space

Vladimir Komarov
Georgi Dobrovolski
Viktor Patsayev
Vladislav Volkov
Greg Jarvis
Christa McAuliffe
Ronald McNair
Ellison Onizuka
Judith Resnik
Michael J. Smith
Dick Scobee

Rick D. Husband
William McCool
Michael P. Anderson
David M. Brown
Kalpana Chawla
Laurel B. Clark
Ilan Ramon

Michael J. Adams

Those who have died in spaceflight training:

Valentin Bondarenko
Theodore Freeman
Elliot See
Charles Bassett

Gus Grissom
Edward White II
Roger Chaffee

Clifton "C.C." Williams
Robert Lawrence
Yuri Gagarin
Sergei Vozovikov

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