Sometimes when people are mourning, it is hard to remember what is actually going on around them. In this case, Reagan has to remind the nation that those five astronauts and two payload specialists were doing their job. They were doing what they were doing because they wanted to. They made a huge sacrifice and he addressed the fact that they were prepared to makethese sacrifices to serve the nation. “We’ve grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun. We’re still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers” (Paragraph 5). He uses that to let the people know that this is a small hiccup in the program and that the idea of space may seem normal, but in reality, the journey has only just begun. He assures the people that the journey will go on what happened to the shuttle will not diminish the space program. “There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and journeys continue (Paragraph 8). He uses logos to assure the nation that the journey will continue and he uses his natural communication skills to inform the nation of what is really happening around them and how they will continue to grow the space program.
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Space Shuttle Columbia, Space Shuttle Challenger, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, STS-51-L
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