|The Challenger 7|
Later that evening President Reagan addressed the nation regarding the loss of the Shuttle Challenger.
"We'vegrown used to the idea of space, and, perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We'restill pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers..."
"...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 thesurly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."