The Space Shuttle Challenger and Taking Risks

It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all seven astronauts aboard. I remember sitting in my high school science class when the news broke. My teacher was so shook-up, he couldn’t continue with the lesson.

I’ve been a private pilot for 10 years and cruise the sky mere thousands of feet above the ground. I face risks every time I fly, but I can’t imagine not dancing with the clouds.

Sally Ride said, “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” Exploration can be dangerous, but so is sitting still. Whether we stretch our minds, visit different cultures, or for the lucky few, rocket into space, being adventuresome is what makes life vibrant and exciting. Isn’t that worth at least some risk?

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2 responses to “The Space Shuttle Challenger and Taking Risks

  1. These are the true modern pioneers, who are eclipsed today by nonsense. These were tragic headlines that became buried in the self importance of commercialism. Everyone of these human beings put their life on the line for the advancement of the whole human race. Today, people in uniform are putting their lives on the line for political and commercial advantage of a few leaders of countries and industry. There is a big disconnect here. Different kinds of sacrifice but tragedies, none the less. Today, so few even remember the names of these pioneers. Sadly, I worked closely with the Challenger crew. I worked too closely with the investigation that followed. That personal trauma allows me to never forget.
    January is the month for fallen Astronauts … There are 2 other tragic missions to remember.

  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Hoist!

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