...for the crew of the Challenger which exploded on this day, 1986, 73 seconds after lift-off.
My sweetie and I had been married only four months. I was in the mall when I saw/heard the news on TVs in a display window of one of the stores. People were standing around watching it.
Of course it was shocking, heart-breaking.
Yet all explorers and pioneers risk their lives. Astronauts are no different than other explorers, like Magellan, Columbus, Lief Ericson, Lewis and Clark. Those who go before the rest of us, who "break ground," are and will always be the ones who take the greatest risk.
But then, I could go out to my mailbox this afternoon and...not come back. Life will kill you. It's the nature of the beast.
Go forth and live fully.