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January 27, 2011

NASA honors astronauts who fell in the line of duty

As new discoveries are made almost daily in the field of astronomy, it is important to look back at some of the people who made past discoveries possible- the astronauts. Nasa took today to honor astronauts who have died while on duty. NASA's Day of Remembrance falls on the last Thursday in January of every year, but this year it has even more significance as tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the shuttle Challenger launch. After nine successful missions, the Challenger took off for the tenth time on January 28, 1986 and broke up mid flight at the 73rd second after takeoff. It broke up due to the failure of an O-ring on the solid-fuel rocket booster. This tragedy is just one of multiple that have occurred. We should all honor the astronauts who risk their lives trying to advance the field of astronomy.

Full article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41298090/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Posted by elkinje at January 27, 2011 04:01 PM


I think it is a great thing for NASA to honor the astronauts who have died while on duty because they are not as well recognized as others who have died in different lines of duty. I feel as though we often don't realize that the actions astronauts take to advance our knowledge about our universe can be life threatening.

Posted by: rmousigi at January 28, 2011 09:47 PM

I think that this is great that NASA has decided to pick a day to honor those who have died on duty. They are special people who risked their lives to help us learn more about what more is out there, so that our lives here on Earth are better. I think it is an overlooked job actually. They are heros and they are in a position that is extremely dangerous. It is important that we remember them. Without astronauts we would not know near as much information about the universe that is important to our lives.

Posted by: melmccor at January 29, 2011 06:55 PM

Having lived in New Hampshire for most of my life, the story of the Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger was common knowledge. The woman was well known for her unique ways of teaching. She and everyone else who has died while on duty deserve every recognition they receive.

Posted by: sophiamw at January 30, 2011 10:06 PM

I think its fantastic that NASA is honouring the fallen astronauts.. i remember the atmosphere in India when 'Kalpana Chawla' died (along with six other crew members) during the spaceships re entry into the earths atmosphere. People were extremely proud of her and so it should be. These people risk life and limb to further our knowledge of the universe we live in!

Posted by: jnana at February 7, 2011 05:31 PM

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