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A High and Noble Purpose

On February 1, 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) disintegrates upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.The disaster was the second fatal accident in…

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The Surly Bonds of Earth

On January 28, 1986, during NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L, the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-99) breaks apart 73 seconds into its flight,…

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The Calamitous Apollo 1

On January 27, 1967, during a pre-flight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission, a flash fire savagely claimed the lives…

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History Takes Flight at Kitty Hawk

On this day in 1903, the Wright Flyer becomes “the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard;” the true…

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Grace and Thanks Through Adversity . . . .

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all. On this very day in 1950, Gen. Douglas MacArthur falls for a Chinese feint in Korea, as 230,000 pair of…

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The Fastest Ace Alive

On this day in 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager, born…

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