Stale Grapes Network Presents the Space Shuttle Disaster (also known as the Challenger)

The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-51-L pos...

The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-51-L pose for their official portrait on November 15, 1985. In the back row from left to right: Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. In the front row from left to right: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, my fellow bloggers. Your wonderful friend Maddy is back and I have a story for you all. Keep in mind that this story may cost more than a few tears.

Here we go.

The year was 1986. A space shuttle named Challenger with on its way to space with seven people on board.  Among those was a school teacher,  the first civilian to go into space.

But something went wrong.

Very wrong.

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded exploded just after takeoff killing everyone on board. There was much grief that swept throughout the entire United States and NASA had to suspend the space shuttle program until 1989.

The names of those who died on the space shuttle will never be forgotten they were as follows:

  1. Francis R. Scobee
  2. Michael J. Smith
  3. Ronald McNair
  4. Ellison Onizuka
  5. Judith Resnik
  6. Greg Jarvis
  7. Christa McAuliffe

These people had had dreams of going into space but there is one person who we should pay particular attention to.

His name was Ron McNair.

As we all know, he was fascinated with science. In fact, he was so fascinated with science that he followed his dreams to become an astronaut. It was not easy, seeing as very few black people, if any, were allowed into the space program. But he got in, anyway, after years of persistence and hard work.

In 1984, he and six others were placed into a shuttle and sent to space. And the name of the spaceship? The Challenger.

And in 1986, he and five others (including the school teacher Christa McAuliffe) were packed into the Challenger and sent off to space a second time. But then the Space Shuttle exploded upon takeoff killing all of them as their families and the country watched in horror. Ron McNair had left behind his parents, brothers, wife, and two children.

After his death, a large number of places were named after him, such as schools, streets, parks, a crater on the moon, and even several musical pieces.

Plus, the tragedy inspired these words from President Ronald Reagan: “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God’.”

So why is this story a thing, Jacquel Rassenworth is asking you. Because it serves a purpose for those who want to dream to dream big, even if you die trying to make that dream come true.

I will continue with blacks and space tomorrow.