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Quotes of the Day for 28 January 2002 – Challenger

Space Shuttle Mission 51-L lifted off from Pad B at Cape Canaveral at 11:38 am Eastern on this day in 1986. It was the 25th Shuttle launch, the 10th for Challenger (OV-099). Challenger had made 987 orbits of the earth and spent 69 days in space in her first nine flights. On board were Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair, Gregory B. Jarvis, and Sharon Christa McAuliffe. The mission ended in a fireball 46,000 feet above the Atlantic, 73 seconds into the flight. I stood in shock and cried when I heard it on the radio, I'm crying again now. Christa McAuliffe, the schoolteacher who trained and joined the mission as Payload Specialist 2, had as her motto, "Reach for the Stars." So should we all.

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The quotes:

Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafarer on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.
     - Carl Schurz

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
     - Enoch Arnold Bennett, 1867 - 1931

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, or a new country.
     - Anais Nin

Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask but when we are challenged to be what we can be.
     - Morris Adler

The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises - it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 15 July 1960, accepting Democratic presidential nomination


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