This date in history. Challenger Space Shuttle disaster

How soon we forget. It was 22 years ago today, January 28, 1986, that the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after take off from Cape Kennedy killing the seven member crew. The STS-51-L crew members were two women, Judith Resnik and Christa McAuliffe along with five men. Michael J Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Gregory Jarvis.

I would hope that the Republican presidential candidates would take a minute of silence in memory of that tragedy as they race around the state of Florida chasing down every vote in the highly contested winner-take-all primary race.

It is hard to comprehend all of the technology that is employed in these shuttles. A defective O-ring was found to be the cause of the disaster. This accident led to a 32month hold on all future space exploration.

Let each of us take a minute away from politics today to remember these brave astronauts who lost their lives 22 years ago today.

About Larry Gilbert