One of my first posts on this blog was in recognition of the heroic sacrifices made by the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews, as well as a handful of other astronauts who were killed in training missions. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Columbia tragedy, where the shuttle broke up over North America on reentry.
I had just moved to Colorado from Dallas, and my Dad sent me this picture (he didn’t take it but I’m not sure where he got it, so I apologise for the lack of citation):
This was eerie enough, but hearing the transmission get cut off mid-word was even eerier. Let’s take a moment today to remember these astronauts–risking and giving their lives to advance human knowledge of the universe.