The Challenger’s first in space teachers lifted off and claimed the lives of seven people destined to make history, to improve and teach science from a whole other realm.
Michael J. Smith, Pilot -pilot for the US NAVY, tours of the Mediterranean and Vietnam and over 4,500 hours of flying time. “..BS in Naval Science and an MS in Aeronautical Engineering …” His learning continued right up to being the last voice from the Challenger as records indicate he may have tried to save it in those final seconds.
Francis R. “Dick” Scobee -pilot for the U.S. Air Force, “.. BS in Aerospace Engineering, and completed combat tour in Vietnam..” Mr. Scobee had “logged more than 6,500 hours flying time in 45 types of aircraft” He had prior space experience with a previous flight logging in “168 space hours.”
Ronald E. McNair -“.. BS in Physics.., Phd in philosophy in Physics.., honorary Phd of Laws.. and two honorary Phd of Science degrees..” An educated and accomplished man of science, he studied theories and compositions of CO2 and molecular gases involving lasers as well as prior space experience that netted over 190 space hours, he was a definite in for bringing back a space program that was faltering.
Ellison Onizuka – “BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering..” His military AirForce career and experience is the science fields were similar to those of his peers, with 74 prior space hours and over 1,700 hours of flying time, he also brought to the table the study of software programs and many other studies at the Kennedy Space Station.
S. Christa McAuliffe,- “..BA degree, MS degree in education..” private civilian teacher who’s alternate function was to be a teacher of Science in Space. Her lessons would have breathed light into the minds of children like ever before offered.
Gregory B. Jarvist-“..BS degree in electrical engineering, MS degree in electrical engineering..” A Military Air Force Engineer, he covered and studied all aspects of space studies and thermal developments. A solid background in engineering he had the opportunity to offer insight and instruction on a whole other level to the millions of kids watching the take-off.
Judith A. Resnik-“BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Phd. in Electrical Engineering,…” and a prior record of over 140 space hours, She brought to the table another spectrum of Science in biomedical engineering, she had the capacity and the skills to lend students an in-depth learning experience into yet another area of science. Her studies and wide array of engineering positions offered no less than a world of lost opportunities.
A program so valuable faltered so quickly through the arrogance of the informed leaders. These Astronauts lost their lives and millions of kids lost their potential learning and mentoring opportunities in the various fields of science.
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/visitorinformation/MonumentMemorials/Challenger.aspx – provided the seven names and location of intern at Arlington National Cemetery
Michael Smith FRANCIS R. (DICK) SCOBEE RONALD E. MCNAIR Ellison Onizuka S. Christa McAuliffe Gregory B. Jarvis Judith A. Resnik