Ceremony remembers shuttle disaster

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The seven astronauts who died in the explosion of the shuttle Challenger.  AP/AccuNet

The seven astronauts who died in the explosion of the shuttle Challenger. AP/AccuNet

Breakfast and an art exhibit will follow.

By Wally Perez

gperez239@student.alamo.edu

Scobee Education Center honors the seven crew members of the Challenger STS-51-L mission on the 30th anniversary with ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Holt Foundation Challenger Memorial Garden outside the center.

The event is free and open to the public.

On Jan. 28, 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff because of a component failure, claiming the lives of all seven astronauts.

A wreath will be placed in the center of the garden, which features seven stone monuments, one for each crew member.

College President Robert Vela opens the ceremony and speech communication Instructor Justin Blacklock will read a portion of President Ronald Reagan’s address to the nation following the Challenger disaster.

After the event, a continental breakfast reception and art exhibit will be available.

The exhibit will feature artists’ renditions of the crew members, their legacies and space exploration, and the artwork will be displayed throughout the building.

The exhibit will be open during special events and Friday evening planetarium presentations until March 11.

For more information, call Center Director Rick Varner at 210-486-0402.

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