Challenger Disaster Speech Speeches

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Challenger Tragedy Who would have thought when seven souls set out on a journey to space such a tragedy would have happened 73 seconds after the takeoff? On January 28th, 1986, the American shuttle Orbiter Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff, killing astronauts: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and school teacher Sharon McAuliffe, who was supposed to teach lessons to schoolchildren all across the country. The launch was viewed by thousands of people across the nation and the world, including numerous schoolchildren. The tragedy of the event called for former President Ronald Reagan to address the nation. The president called the famous speech, “Shuttle Challenger Disaster…show more content…
He talks how they were brave and full of aspiration by saying, “give me a challenge and I’ll meet it with joy.” In other words, he makes sure that everyone knows that we will not forget the men and women who lost their lives and that they will remain in our memory and hearts forever. He addresses the school children as well so that they have a better understanding of what happened and how hard it was to view such a tragedy. As a result, he wants for the children to understand that things do happen and he does not want them to give up on their future with what they have seen no matter how bad the devastation. “The future doesn 't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” He does not want them to be timid, he wants them to continue on the journey forward. Further, that part of the speech that addressed the schoolchildren was meant to make them less afraid of the events that they saw. In other words, he wanted to try to explain things to them that would be at a level that they would understand and make them feel better about what they seen. The great respect and ambition that the president has for the program is at the upmost respect. This brought him great credibility by addressing NASA for what they have accomplished and moving forward with the space program. “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.” Indeed, he wants everyone to know that
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