Challenger explodes-January 28, 1986

A Joseph Ross
Mon Jan 30 01:13:18 EST 2012

On 1/29/2012 11:56 PM, Dave Doherty wrote:

> This was a moment for a President to bring the nation together, and Reagan
> did it well. That night was to be a triumphant State of the Union address,
> but he postponed that, and simply spoke from the Oval Office in words
> crafted beautifully by Peggy Noonan, concluding with the obvious words from
> John Gillespie, Jr.'s "High Flight."

It was, and President Reagan hit one out of the park.  But if not for 
the imperative to launch in time for that triumphant State of the Union 
address, they would never have launched in such cold weather, with the 
known danger of the O-rings not holding.

> But in the end, it turned out to be all about hubris.

> Godspeed, Sharon Christa McAuliffe.

And Gregory Bruce Jarvis, Ronald Ervin McNair, Ellison Shoji Onizuka, 
Judith Arlene Reznik, Michael John Smith, and Francis Richard Scobee.

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