MN SFS Challenger Memorial Dinner
Jan 31st, 2009

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Saturday 01-31st, 2009

MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
Centre Village
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
MN SFS Memorial Dinner

Stuff Discussed

Space Center Lecture Series (SCLS) storefront through Cafepress. All proceeds from these products will be donated to SCLS for future free public lectures.
MN SFS Memorial Dinner
"Message from the President on NASA's Day of Remembrance, Jan. 29, 2009
The arrival of a new year reminds us that life is a journey, one that takes us on many unexpected paths. NASA's role is to pioneer journeys into the unknown for the benefit of humanity. Along the way, we sometimes experience tragedy instead of triumph.

Today, we pause to reflect on those moments in exploration when things did not go as expected and we lost brave pioneers. But what sets us apart as Americans is our willingness to get up again and push the frontiers even further with an even stronger commitment and sense of purpose.

On this Day of Remembrance, we remember the sacrifices of those who dared to dream and gave everything for the cause of exploration. We honor them with our ongoing commitment to excellence and an unwavering determination to continue the journey on the path to the future.

President Barack Obama

ISS tour
Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke gives a guided tour of his home in orbit.

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Honoring those who gave their all to make spaceflight possible

Twenty-two+ have died while in a spacecraft:

launchpad accidents have killed at least 71 ground personnel.

?? / ?? 150X? Wan Hu's pioneering spacecraft was built around a sturdy chair, two kites and 47 gunpowder-filled rockets Wan was killed during test flight.

May 17, 1930 Berlin, Germany Max Valier killed by rocket engine explosion

October 10, 1933 Germany 3 die in Explosion in rocket manufacturing room of Tiling

July 16, 1934 Kummersdorf, Germany 3 die in Ground test engine explosion

1940s Germany Thousands of Slave Laborers die while assembling V2 rockets due to poor work conditons

1944? Tuchola Forest, German-occupied Poland 7 die when an A4-rocket crashes at a test launch in a trench. Several soldiers who were in the trench were killed

Oct 23-24, 1960 90 Russians & Field Marshal Mitrofan Nedelin died at the Soviet rocket-launching site near Tyura Tam accident in 1960

March 23, 1961 Cosmonaut Valentin Bondarenko Died of 3d degree burns in Oxygen Rich Pressure Chamber

April 14, 1964 Cape Canaveral, USA Orbiting Solar ObservatoryDelta rocket ignited in assembly room, killing 3 technicians and injuring 9 others. The ignition was caused by a spark of static electricity

May 7, 1964 Braunlage, West Germany 3 killed Mail rocket built by Gerhard Zucker exploded and debris hit crowd of spectators

July 2, 1964 Cape Canaveral, USA Oscar Simmons falls from the 46th floor of the Vehicle Assembly Building during construction

October 31, 1964 Theodore Freeman, one of the "Astronaut Group 3" recruits from 1963, died in a T-38 training accident (bird strike, flameout)

August 3, 1965 Cape Canaveral, USA Lightning killed Albert J. Treib on launch pad B of Launch Complex 39

February 18, 1966 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov Former Cosmonaut Struck by train.

February 28, 1966 Elliott See and Charles Bassett were killed in a T-38 accident when their aircraft crashed into McDonnell Building 101 on a foggy day. They were originally slated to be the crew of Gemini 9. Bassett was another Group 3 recruit, whereas See was an Astronaut Group 2 recruit from 1962.

* January 27, 1967 Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were in the Apollo 1 capsule for a ground test when a short circuit ignited flammable materials in the pressurized pure-oxygen atmosphere. The astronauts died of carbon monoxide poisoning before ground crews could reach them. Grissom, one of the "Mercury Seven" astronauts, had flown twice before. White conducted the first US spacewalk on Gemini 4. Chaffee, a rookie, was a Group 3 recruit.

* April 24, 1967 Vladimir Komarov (Soyuz 1 re-entry parachute failure)

* June 6, 1967 Edward Givens (automobile accident)

* October 5, 1967 Clifton Williams died in a T-38 training crash. Another Group 3 recruit, he was in the Apollo astronaut rotation, and would have been on the crew of Apollo 12. He was also memorialized by a fourth star on the official Apollo 12 mission badge. Alan Bean, who took Williams's seat on Apollo 12, is rumored to have left Williams's astronaut wings on the moon as a token of his sacrifice.

* November 15, 1967 Michael J. Adams died in an X-15 crash. He was not a NASA astronaut recruit, but made the memorial by virtue of having earned the Astronaut Badge in the X-15 program. He was also in the United States Air Force's Manned Orbiting Laboratory program.

* December 8, 1967 Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. died, when the F-104 he was testing crashed and his ejection seat parachute failed to open. He was in the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program at the time, and March 27, 1968 Yuri Gagarin (, his MiG-15 jet trainer crashed while he prepared for the Soyuz 3 mission)

June 30, 1971 Georgi Dobrovolski (Soyuz 11 re-entry pressurization failure)

June 30, 1971 Viktor Patsayev (Soyuz 11 re-entry pressurization failure)

June 30, 1971 Vladislav Volkov (Soyuz 11 re-entry pressurization failure)

June 26, 1973 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, USSR 9 die during Launch explosion of Cosmos-3M rocket

March 18, 1980 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, USSR 48 die during Explosion while fueling up a Vostok rocket booster

March 19, 1981 Cape Canaveral, USA John Gerald Bjornstad, and Forrest Cole die of Anoxia during preparations for STS-1

* January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff on mission STS-51-L. All seven crew members - Francis "Dick" Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, and Christa McAuliffe - died. Scobee, McNair, Resnik and Onizuka had flown before. McAuliffe was participating via the Teacher in Space Project.

April 5, 1991 M. L. "Sonny" Carter died in the crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311. Carter was a passenger traveling on NASA business. He had flown on STS-33 and was in training for STS-42 at the time.

January 26, 1995 Xichang, China 6+ die Long March rocket veered off course after launch [1]

May 5, 1995 Guiana Space Centre, French Guyana 2 die of Anoxia; Luc Celle and Jean-Claude Dhainaut died due to a major nitrogen leak during an inspection in the umbilical mast of the launchpad

February 14, 1996 Xichang, China 56+ Intelsat 708 Satellite. Long March rocket veered off course 2 seconds after launch, crashing in the nearby village and destroying 80 houses, according to the official Chinese count, killing 56 people, but with U.S. defense intelligence officials estimating 200 dead.

October 1, 2001 Cape Canaveral, USA Crane operator Bill Brooks was killed in an industrial accident at Launch Complex 37

October 15, 2002 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia A Soyuz-U exploded 29 seconds after launch, killing a soldier, Ivan Marchenko, and injuring 8 others. Fragments of the rocket started a forest fire nearby, and a Block D strap-on booster caused damage to the launchpad

August 22, 2003 Alcantara, Brazil 21 killed in Explosion of an unmanned VLS-1 VO3 rocket during launch preparations

February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry at the end of mission STS-107 due to damage during ascent. The crew was Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon. Husband, Chawla and Anderson were veterans. Ilan Ramon was a pilot in the Israeli Air Force.

February 1, 2003: Helicopter crash: A search and rescue helicopter involved in searching for debris following the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia crashed, killing Jules F. Mier Jr. and Charles Krenek, and injuring three others.

July 26, 2007 Eric Dean Blackwell, Charles Glen May and Todd Ivens, died due to an explosion at a Scaled Composites rocket test stand at Mojave Airport Statue / Plaque on the Moon Space Mirror

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