Day of Remembrance

Today is the Day of Remembrance at NASA, where we honor the crews of Apollo 1, STS-51L Challenger, and STS-107 Columbia. It’s the 30th anniversary of Challenger somehow, but it really doesn’t seem like all that long ago. While this brought tears to my eyes…
wells challenger
(credit to Clyde Wells, Augusta Chronicle)
this is the one that hit me harder today.
apollo 1 pray
I showed that to one of the young engineers, young enough he doesn’t remember Challenger, told him about this photo being sent to the Apollo spacecraft program manager with the message, “It isn’t that we don’t trust you, Joe, but this time we’ve decided to go over your head.” I said, “How much confidence do you think they had in their vehicle?” and yet they got in anyway. Brave men.