President Ronald Reagan declared July 20, 1984, Space Exploration Day. Space Exploration Day was created to honor the Moon Landing in 1969 and the American Space Program.
Ever a proponent of the space program, Reagan was sadden by the loss of lives on the Challenger Shuttle. Here are quotes from his address to the American public, ” We’ve grown used to wonders in this century. It’s hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We’ve grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun. We’re still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.” “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.” “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.”
The American Space Program has seen great accomplishments such as the Moon Landings, Skylab, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Celebrate these historic events on Space Exploration Day.
And remember the events of 45 years ago…
“That’s one small step for Man . . .
One giant leap for Mankind.”
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