Jan. 16-Feb. 1, 2003.
Shuttle breaks up at end of science mission with first Israeli astronaut (Ramon).
Crew: Husband, McCool, Chawla, Brown, Anderson, Clark, Ramon.
The end of shuttle mission STS-107 was a devastating blow to the nation’s space program and a horrific reminder of the dangers of manned space flight; just in the last week, NASA observed the anniversary of the 1967 Apollo 1 fire (Jan. 27) and the 1986 Challenger explosion (Jan. 28).
lost,” President Bush told the nation in a brief, emotional address he delivered after
rushing back to Washington from Camp David, Md. “There are no survivors.”
Although “our entire nation grieves,” said the president, who ordered that flags be flown at half-staff through Wednesday, the astronauts’ deaths will not spell an end to space exploration.
“The cause in which they died will continue,” he said. “Our journey into space will go on.”