January/February - a rough time to be a NASA Astronaut

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January 27 1967 ...
Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee, died in a ground test of the Apollo 1 capsule

January 28 1986 ...
Francis "Dick" Scobee, Ron McNair, Mike Smith, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik, Greg Jarvis and school teacher Christa McAuliffe, died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just after liftoff

February 1 2003 ...
Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark and Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, died when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry (who can forget watching the film of the crew from in the cabin during the re-entry, found in the crash debris)


I remember them

... I give thanks to all the people that put their lives on the line ... to go and see, to explore, to take us along with them so we can somehow be a part of it ...

*Salute*