Reagan Reflection - James McCall Prof Yang 4 April 2013...

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James McCall Prof. Yang 4 April 2013 Reflection Reagan’s Challenger Address What happened on January 28 th 1986 was one of the most tragic events in the history of the United States. The Challenger Space shuttle took off on its tenth mission into space out of Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission was to set up a series of satellites in the earths orbit. The tragedy came seventy-three seconds after take off when apparently an O-ring had a malfunction occurred due to the low temperature of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. The O-rings had never been tested at such a low temperature and there was no way to tell that they would function in such conditions. The O-ring failure lead to a series of malfunctioning parts on the spacecraft which led to the explosion and separation of the two modules of the space craft. The victims of the spacecraft where Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Ellsion Onizuka, Judith Resnick, Ronald McNair, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. It was
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Unformatted text preview: the first or second time for each of these people to be traveling into space. This was a terrible tragedy for these people’s families and for the rest of the United States. Ronald Reagan expresses his mourning for the families related to those in the space shuttle. He also goes into how this is just a token of how the hardships can be when trying to explore into areas we have never explored before. Space is something that we know so little about and setbacks like this will happen as we reach new extremes. Reagan expresses a coincidence with this day. It is to the day that this event occurred on, exactly three hundred and ninety years before, Sir Francis Drake died. Reagan expresses how Drake was one of the most exploratory people of his time and during his time the great unknown was the land that we live in today....
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  • Spring '13
  • Yang
  • Kennedy Space Center, LOW TEMPERATURE, STS-51-L, Challenger space shuttle

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