Twenty-two years ago—Jan. 28, 1986—we lost the space shuttle Challenger. A mere five years ago on Friday—Feb. 1, 2003—we lost her sister ship, Columbia. Below is a selection or articles that pay tribute to all that was taken from us on those fateful days, and everything else those momentous and noble craft help us gain.
- Geek Trivia: What symbolic item survived the Challenger disaster completely unscathed?
- Geek Trivia: What famous explorer captained the naval vessels from which two space shuttles take their name?
- Geek Trivia: What is the origin of NASA craft OV-098, the "eighth space shuttle?"
I have been critical of the shuttle program in the past, but never have I doubted the devotion, sacrifice, bravery, or scientific contributions of the men and women who made these spacecraft fly. May their journeys never end.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.