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NASA’s Day Of Remembrance, 30 Years Since Challenger

Families of the lost Challenger astronauts gathered at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to mark the space shuttle’s 30th anniversary.

 

Families of the lost Challenger astronauts gathered at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to mark the space shuttle’s 30th anniversary. This time, though, there was a new voice to address the crowd.

June Scobee Rodgers — widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee and longtime spokeswoman for the group — passed the torch to daughter Kathie Scobee Fulgham. Fulgham, not Rodgers, was on the speaker platform for the ceremony Thursday morning.

Also in the audience was schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe’s son, Scott, with his own family. It was a rare appearance; the McAuliffes normally do not take part in these NASA memorials.

Dick Scobee, Christa McAuliffe and five others perished when Challenger disintegrated during liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986.

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