A Fire in the Sky

Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, mission commander.
Michael J. Smith, pilot.
Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnick, Ronald E. McNair, mission specialists.
Gregory B. Jarvis, payload specialist.
Sharon Christa McAuliffe, first teacher in space.

Thirty years ago today, they gave up their lives riding a fire in the sky, furthering our dreams of reaching the stars. They should always be remembered, and honoured.

In their memory, theirs and others, we must continue to tame that fire. “For no cradle lasts forever, every bird must learn to fly—”

NASA’s Space Launch System may take us to Mars, or beyond. SpaceX might do it cheaper, with the reusable Falcon. Whoever does it — we’re doing it. We haven’t forgotten the sacrifices made.

Yes, we’re going to the stars, see our fire in the sky!
There’s a fire in the sky, I’ll remember until I die.
A fire in the sky, a fire in the sky!