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NASA Remembers

January 28, 2011

Rheanna Sand

 

Yesterday, January 27th, 2011, was a national Day of Remembrance for NASA as ceremonies were held in honour of all the crew members killed during missions in the history of space exploration. All of them happened within this one week period in their respective years. I would like to honour the fallen crew members by listing their names here today:

Apollo I - January 27th, 1967

Virgil "Gus" Grissom
Edward H. White
Roger B. Chaffee

Challenger - January 28th, 1986

Francis R. Scobee
Michael J. Smith
Judith A. Resnick
Ellison S. Onizuka
Ronald E. McNair
Gregory B. Jarvis
Christa McAuliffe

Columbia - February 1st, 2003

Rick D. Husband
William C. McCool
Michael P. Anderson
Ilan Ramon
Kalpana Chawla, Ph.D.
David Brown, M.D.
Laurel Salton Clark, M.D.


As I lamented in a past blog, the last space shuttles Discovery and Endeavor will be making their final missions this year. Discovery launches on February 28th, 2011 to deliver among other supplies the Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that will help out around the house, so to speak, on the International Space Station. No word yet on whether it will ever be able to use contractions or understand human emotion.

Ironically, the commodity in highest demand right now in the ISS is…you guessed it…space. The Discovery crew will be delivering a permanent module that will serve as essentially a new walk-in closet for the entire station. After 10 years of constant, revolving residents (literally and figuratively), I'm sure it will be a welcome addition.

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