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Thinking Of Challenger

By Keith Cowing
January 28, 2018
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Thinking Of Challenger

Thirty Two Years Of Resonance With Challenger, SpaceRef
“On this day in 1986 I was sitting at my desk as a grad student in the Biology Department at Central Connecticut State University. Everyone knew of my interest in space. The day after Challenger was lost I wrote a letter to President Reagan and sent a cc: to my member of Congress Rep. Nancy Johnson. I also called her office. I asked them to consider naming the new moons of Uranus that Voyager 2 had just discovered during its flyby 5 days before the crew of Challenger was lost. On 30 January 1986 H.J.Res.508 (which sought to do this) was introduced. A year or so later I met Rep. Johnson and she told me that she was certain that her suggestion (prompted by my call) to Rep. Bill Nelson the next day helped spur introduction of this legislation. Alas, the IAU ignored this suggestion and followed its traditional naming scheme. The correspondence chain that followed is shown below.””

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.