In Memoriam -- A Rededication to Space

By: Patrap , 1:54 AM GMT on January 28, 2011


In Memoriam -- A Rededication to Space


Edwin Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut, Apollo 11 mission, Best Selling Author
Posted: January 28, 2011 02:07 PM





Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Tragedy

As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on a plume of propellant gasses, reaching for the stars, to inspire us who were Earthbound. They represented the inspiration that is uniquely Space, and planned to share their experiences with the classrooms of future explorers who might one day follow their path and, perhaps, reach higher still -- because of this great mission. A mission so tragically ended was, in a moment, etched forever in our hearts, and memories...

As we grieved at this great loss, President Reagan recited lines from another American hero -- John Gillespie Magee Jr.'s memorable poem -- "High Flight", and reminded a grieving nation -- "they slipped the surly bounds of Earth" to "touch the face of God" -- words that inspired us, describing for us in poetry their great sacrifice, and their noble cause.

I am also reminded of three friends and heroes that we lost in the Apollo-1 fire -- particularly my friend, Ed White, fellow West Pointer, Track Team and Squadron-mate, as we boldly made our way to the Moon -- a journey we would complete in their honor with my colleagues, Neil and Mike, aboard Apollo 11 just two-and-a-half years after that tragic day; and, I think of the brave scientists and explorers of the Columbia tragedy, just eight years ago. They, too, are with us as we turn our attention to science that will one-day help make possible human exploration beyond the constraints of our precious Earth-Moon system -- when the inevitable journey of humankind to the surface of Mars, and into the Cosmos will, indeed, begin in earnest.

These were the tragic beginnings along this path, and we can never forget their passion for Space, their commitment and selfless dedication to it, the joy they experienced in the pursuit of it, and their heroic sacrifice, which took them from us.

It is for us to honor these great pioneers who were paving the way for our future, by continuing this great quest, that their hopes and dreams may be realized by those who were so inspired by their example. In the present uncertainties of the space program, a great transitional opportunity exists, and we must rise to the challenge in the spirit of those who have so bravely shown the way forward, and for those who will follow. A great nation deserves no less, and their memories compel us to continue their journey.

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Posted by: Patrap, 7:54 PM CST on January 27, 2011



.."Roger ,,go at throttle up",


Thats the last released voice transcript from the Shuttle Challenger Commander before it happened.

The Shuttle Exploded in the Cold Cobalt Blue Florida Skies and we were changed forever,..again.


What happened was a tragedy of Human errors and bad decisions that ultimately claimed the Challenger crew that day.

Decisions made late in the night as they slept in their crew Quarters,,and a steady falling thermometer sealed their fate long before ignition.


A known design flaw in the Solid Rocket Boosters tang and flange joint was the mechanical fault along with Cold O-rings and the failed Human chain of command that claimed the Lives of these Heroic 7.

My Father came home just moments after the Explosion,,and we watched as millions did at the debris falling,,knowing all too well they were lost.

We thought back to Jan 1967,that took 3 Astronauts Lives as well.


We remember President Reagen's words that Night,



I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA, or who worked on this mission and tell them: "Your dedication and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And we know of your anguish. We share it."

There's a coincidence today. On this day three hundred and ninety years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, "He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it." Well, today, we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. 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."

Thank you.






The Crew of the Challenger Shuttle Mission in 1986









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11. MNTornado
12:45 AM GMT on January 29, 2011
I try not to remember. I hate painful memories.
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10. Patrap
12:33 AM GMT on January 29, 2011
Buzz is da man.
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9. PSLFLCaneVet
12:30 AM GMT on January 29, 2011


Nice addition, Pat. Thanks again.
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8. OGal
7:49 PM GMT on January 28, 2011


I have this posted on my blog.
Didn't realize that Mass had already posted it









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7. auburn (Mod)
5:22 PM GMT on January 28, 2011
Nice Blog Pat!
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6. oregonbirdofprey
3:59 PM GMT on January 28, 2011
Thanks Pat. I worked for Motorola Aerospace at the time and we made, among other things, some of the comm equipment for the shuttles. There were people in the plant (not me) who knew the crew. I'll never forget. I followed the space program since I was a child and remember the Apollo fire as well.
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5. masshysteria
3:37 PM GMT on January 28, 2011
Hi PAT ~

What a wonderful commemorative to all those brave astronauts who perished on "The Challenger" 25 years ago today!

At the time, I, too, thought back to nearly nineteen years before to the day (Jan. 27, 1967) when pioneer astronauts, (Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee) of Apollo 1, perished in a fire during their pre-launch testing. I also can recall the cover of LIFE magazine dedicating a large section to them of this initial horrifying event in the anals of our space program.

Sadly, they have all became a most cautionary tale of how government programs can lose focus and on the value of human life in the equation of time (and shortcuts) equals MONEY.

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4. PSLFLCaneVet
2:46 PM GMT on January 28, 2011



Concur with Press, well done Pat! Thank you.
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3. Patrap
4:28 AM GMT on January 28, 2011


America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward


O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
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Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
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Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

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In liberating strife.
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Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

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That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
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God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
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Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
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God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

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Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!
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2. LowerCal
2:22 AM GMT on January 28, 2011
My stepson and stepdaughter watched the launch live in their elementary school classrooms that day. It was a hard dose of inconceivable reality for them.
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1. presslord
2:10 AM GMT on January 28, 2011
nicely done
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