I'm twenty-one and I'm crazy. Fangirl, (aspiring) scientist and writer. I'm at college in Boston right now, but New York will always be my home. Likes archaeology, astronomy, space travel, history, superhero comics, general science, the oceans, Star Wars, aviation, exploration/geography, mysteries and Disney. (Which is where my title comes from...)
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Astronaut Francis “Dick” Scobee, May 19, 1939- January 28, 1986.
"We have whole planets to explore. We have new worlds to build. We have a Solar System to roam in. And if only a tiny fraction of the human race reaches out toward space, the work they do there will totally change the lives of all the billions of humans who remain on Earth…"
Official NASA portraits of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger during the STS-51L mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986. In the group photo, left to right, front row: astronauts Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee and Ronald E. McNair. In the back row: Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith A. Resnik. McAuliffe and Jarvis were civilian payload specialists, representing the Teacher in Space Project and Hughes Company, respectively. (NASA)
At the National Archives building (@todaysdocument), you can see scans of the drafts of the speech and the notes President Reagan and his staffers made on them— at one point, it there’s the note “We know how hard this day has been for you.”, which really got to me.
Like I said when I posted this last year, in this description of the creation of the song, the singer says that there’s a “coded message” in the radio communications part at the end, and I’m pretty sure it must be that the beeps are Morse Code, but I don’t know Morse.
The in-joke patch that the 41-C crew made after NASA Administrator Jim Beggs’ triskaidekaphobia led to their original flight designation being changed from STS-13. One of the patches was displayed on the rear bulkhead of the flight-deck for the whole mission, and the crew had a running joke in downlink transmissions of saying forty-one-charlie instead of thirteen.