Saturday, January 28, 2017

For Those Who Slipped the Surly Bonds of Earth

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.'
- President Ronald Reagan 

Thirty-one years ago this morning, shortly after 9:30 Mountain Standard Time, most of the several hundred students who lived in Farrand Hall on the CU-Boulder campus were crowded around whatever television set we could find (and as the rest of the CU-Boulder community did likewise in whatever location they could themselves) to watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.  The seven-member crew included a Buff, Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka.  At or about 9:39 am, Ellison Onizuka and his six crew mates died when, just seventy-three seconds after its launch, the Challenger exploded.  

This morning, as it does every year on this date, the Arnold Air Society, which is part of Air Force ROTC Detachment 105 at the University of Colorado, of which Ellison Onizuka was a graduate, shall hold a Memorial, honoring life and legacy of Ellison Onizuka, his six crew mates, and the seven members of the Space Shuttle Columbia crew who died on February 1, 2003, claiming the life of CU alumna Kalpana Chalwa. 


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