Wordless wednesday

We will never Forget

On January 27, 1967 the crew of Apollo 1 died in a command module fire during a practice session.

Lt.Col Gus Grissom, Lt Col Edward White and Lt. Commander Roger Chaffee

"If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."--Virgil I. Grissom, after the Gemini 3 mission, March 1965

January 28, 1986 The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger were lost in a explosion within a minute of launch.

STS-51L Crew photo with Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair and Payload Specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and Sharon Christa McAuliffe. Image Credit: NASA

On January 16, 2003, the crew of the space shuttle Columbia were lost on re-entry over East Texas.

STS-107 Crew photo with Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Payload Commander Michael Anderson, Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon. Image Credit: NASA


  1. Thanks for the reminders of these sad days. I wonder if they still try to launch flights in January.

  2. What incredible people they were, to venture out into the complete unknown. It is so sad to have lost them. Thank you for the reminder; what an inspiration for the whole world.

  3. The space program is something that has always captured my imagination.

    I met Rick Husband once. I was at Wal-Mart when the incident showed up on the TV screens. Shocking.

    You know, they don't put news on overhead TVs there anymore...

  4. Wow. I know of all these tragedies but hadn't lined them up in the calendar quite so poignantly to see how they were all within a few weeks in different years. Thanks for posting this in their memory.

  5. what a nice tribute to those that have lost their lives, in learning and growing for us.

  6. That's an eerie sort of synchronicity isn't it? If I were a real conspiracy theorist I'd wonder about this kind of coincidence!

  7. I was born about a week after that. :) Yes, I'm getting old. ;)


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