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  • Final Flight of Space Shuttle ``Challenger’

    by Representative Pete Olson

    Posted on 2013-01-22

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    OLSON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, on January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. The whole world cried watching Challenger tumble back to Earth knowing that seven brave Americans had lost their lives. Commander Dick Scobee, pilot Michael Smith, mission specialist Judy Resnick, specialist Ron McNair, mission specialist Ellison Onizuka, payload specialist Greg Jarvis, and America's first and only teacher into space, Christa McAuliffe, all perished pursuing our dreams.



    The night of the disaster, President Reagan put all of our thoughts, our pain, and our prayers into words. He said: 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.'' ____________________

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