It was 25 years ago that I, and so many others, watched the space shuttle Challenger lifting off… and then explode.
Later that day, President Reagan delivered a simple, and powerful message about the national tragedy.
Concerning NASA and its mission, Reagan said,
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.
I’ve always had great faith in and respect for our space program, and what happened today does nothing to diminish it. We don’t hide our space program. We don’t keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That’s the way freedom is, and we wouldn’t change it for a minute. We’ll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA or who worked on this mission and tell them: “Your dedication and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And we know of your anguish. We share it.”
Ah yes: the days of yore when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was all about, y’know, exploring space, and “winning the future,” to borrow a phrase, by establishing American supremacy even of outer space! We were putting teachers in space and proudly telling our kids about it!
Nowadays? Well, nowadays NASA is telling kids that dinosaur are in their gas tank, that humans are definitely causing global warming, and that using a re-useable bag makes one better than those who don’t. No, really.
They call it “Climate Kids.” It’s part of the “new” mission Obama designated for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: convince all us dupes (or at least our kids) that bogus science isn’t bogus. Because if you repeat a lie loudly enough, to a crowd that impressionable enough, through media that are convincing enough, things like *facts* no longer matter. (Hey, it just might work: after all, it got him elected!)