Today is Thursday, January 28th, 2017. Can you believe that is was thirty-one years ago today, the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded on take-off and all crew were lost just 73 seconds after liftoff.

Crew Members: Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair, and Judith Resnik were aboard that day and are remembered still!

I remember that day. Remember it just as those of Kennedy’s generation remember where they were when they heard/saw it. What they were doing. How they felt. I was 8 years old, and remember the sense of great tragedy as my entire school watched the events unfold.

Schools all across the world were watching, due to crew member, Christa McAuliffe. Christa was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was the first teacher in what was to become the NASA Teacher in Space Program. After her death, schools and scholarships were named in her honor all across the United States, and in 2004 she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Space Exploration is not without it’s dangers, man has certainly proven that … but I believe we are missing out on so much of our existence by not having a manned space program. I really hope that our next President and the leadership at NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration continue the great work that the crew of the Challenger believed so much in.