January 28th, 2006

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Space History

Yesterday (Friday) was January 27th, the 39th anniverary of the horrific Apollo 1 capsule fire that killed Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee (and led to significant safety related redesign of the Apollo capsule, pretty much directly saving the lives of all the Apollo crews to follow.)

Today (Saturday) is January 28th, the 20th anniversary of the O-ring failure and destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger that killed Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald McNair, Gregory Jarvis, and Sharon Christa McAuliffe (and led to the Feynman Report and a great deal of reexamination of NASA's role, and the Shuttle's role... but not enough to prevent the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1st (3 years ago this coming Wednesday.)

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