Title: The Brightest Stars: A Tribute to Our Challenger Astronauts
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Our nation’s loss is first a profound personal loss to the family and the friends and loved ones of our shuttle astronauts. To those they have left behind – the mothers, the fathers, the husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, and yes, especially the children – all of America stands beside you in your time of sorrow. The best we can do is remember our seven astronauts – our ChallengerSeven – remember them as they lived, bringing life and love and joy to those who knew them and pride to a nation. They came from all parts of this great country – from South Carolina to Washington State; Ohio to Mohawk, New York; Hawaii to North Carolina to Concord, New Hampshire.
President Reagan mourned the loss of ''our seven Challenger heroes'' today, paying tribute to their ''brave sacrifice'' and pledging to honor them with a renewed national commitment to the conquest of space.
Some appear very bright to us because they're relatively nearby, while others look bright because they're massive and very hot, pumping out lots of radiation. Some look dim because of their age, or because they're far away. There's no way to tell just by looking at a star what its age is, but we can tell brightness and use that to learn more.
The families of four Challenger astronauts, gathering for the first time publicly since the space shuttle blew up eight months ago, today announced plans for a national space science education center to serve as a "living tribute" to their loved ones. The families of four Challenger astronauts, gathering for the first time publicly since the space shuttle blew up eight months ago, today announced plans for a national space science education center to serve as a "living tribute" to their loved ones. We have lost the Challenger, but we haven't lost the challenge of keeping those dreams alive," June Scobee said in announcing the plan before 20 students at the Stevens Elementary School. Scobee, 44, the widow of Dick Scobee, commander of the space shuttle that blew up after takeoff on Jan.
The list below combines/adds the magnitudes of bright individual components. Most of the proper names in this list are those approved by the Working Group on Star Names.
Double the Sun’s mass, and you’re an A-class star, with a bright blue color, and a lifetime that’s under two billion years.
The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute. We'll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. 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 Go.
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