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Adams, Oklahoma

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Adams
Adams is located in Oklahoma
Adams
Adams
Location within the state of Oklahoma
Adams is located in the United States
Adams
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Adams (the United States)
Coordinates: 36°45′23″N 101°4′38″W / 36.75639°N 101.07722°W / 36.75639; -101.07722[1]
CountryUnited States
StateOklahoma
CountyTexas
Elevation2,841 ft (866 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total182
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
73901
Area code(s)580

Adams is a rural unincorporated community in eastern Texas County, Oklahoma, United States.[1] It is about 20 miles (32 km) east-northeast of the county seat, Guymon, Oklahoma.[2] The community is six miles NNE of Optima Lake.[3] The post office opened June 14, 1930. The community was named for Jesse L. Adams, engineer for the Rock Island Railroad.[4]

It is the site of the Adams Woodframe Grain Elevator, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The community and its elevator were both established in 1926. The elevator has been unusable since the 1980s, and is now condemned because of its danger of collapse.[2] It was then burned down in 2016.

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>> WALKING THROUGH THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. I AM THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASTRONAUT'S MEMORIAL FOUNDATION. TODAY IS NASA'S DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, WHERE WE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY PAUSE AND REMEMBER THOSE ASTRONAUTS WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY. BUT WE DO MORE THAN THAT ON THIS DAY. WE DO MORE BY REMEMBERING THOSE AND RENEWING OUR SPIRIT, RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT SO THEIR LOSS IS NOT IN VAIN. >> THAT IS THE ULTIMATE WAY THAT WE HONOR THOSE GREAT AMERICANS. AS WE BEEN OUR CEREMONY, PLEASE RISE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS BY THE VIERA HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR ARMY ROTC FOLLOWED BY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND FOLLOWED BY THE DELAURA VOCAL SCHOOL ENSEMBLE. \M O SAY CAN YOU SEE \M \M BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT \M \M WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED \M \M AT THE TWILIGHTS LAST GLEAMING \M \M THROUGH THE BRIGHT STARS \M \M FOR THE PERILOUS FIGHT \M \M O'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED \M \M WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING \M \M AND THE ROCKETS RED GLARE \M \M THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR \M \M GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT \M \M THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE \M \M OH SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLE \M \M EVER YET WAY \M \M O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE \M \M AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE \M \M >> THANK YOU, PLEASE BE SEATED. FOR OUR INVITATION, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE CHARLIE DUKE. CHARLIE DUKE RETIRED BRIGADIER AIR FORCE, THE LUNAR PILOT FOR APOLLO 16 AND IS THE YOUNGEST MAN TO HAVE WALKED ON THE MOON. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WARM WELCOME, INTRODUCTION. IT'S A GREAT HONOR FOR ME TO BE HERE ON THIS DAY AND BE A PART OF THE REMEMBRANCE IN THE LIFE OF FRIENDS. SO LET US PRAY. OUR FATHER, AS WE GATHER TOGETHER TO PAY TRIBUTE AND REMEMBER OUR FELLOW ASTRONAUTS, WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND ITS SPACE PROGRAM, WE ASK FOR YOUR BLESSINGS ON THIS MEMORIAL EVENT. SO MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SENSE THEIR DEPARTURE FROM THIS EARTH. OUR SENSE OF LOSS IS NO LESS ACCU-. BY THEIR SERVICE, DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT, THEY HELPED EXPAND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNIVERSE AND HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR OUR FUTURE MISSIONS TO FURTHER UNDERSTAND THIS INCREDIBLE UNIVERSE WHICH HAVE YOU CREATED. IN THE SCRIPTURES THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD. THE SKIES PROCLAIM THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS. LORD, WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE HERE TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLESSINGS UPON OUR NATION. MAY YOUR GRACE, LOVE AND MERCY BE UPON THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WE HONOR TODAY. LORD, CONTINUE TO LEAD OUR NATION INTO ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE AND MAY WE TRULY BE ONE NATION UNGOD IF JESUS' NAME I PRAY. AMEN. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU, GENERAL DUKE. TODAY WE ARE PAYING A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE APOLLO 1 ASTRONAUT WHO 50 YEARS AGO TOMORROW BID A TEST ON THE TASK. IN ADDITION TO HONORING THE PAST, THE ASTRONAUTS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS, NASA IN DELAWARE NORTH THE OPERATOR OF THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX, WE WORK TOGETHER TO INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SCIENTISTS, TECHNOLOGIES, ENGINEERS AND MATHEMATICIANS RIGHT HERE IN OUR CENTER FOR SPACE EDUCATION WHERE YOU ARE SITTING RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE SOME GUESTS HERE AS AN EXAMPLE OF MANY STUDENTS THAT COME THROUGH THE ASTRONAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION BUSINESS CENTER HERE AT KENNEDY. WE KNOW WHAT TRULY POWERS ROCKS, IS NOT ROCKET FUEL, IT'S BRAIN POWER THAT POWERS A ROCKET. SO I'D LIKE THE STUDENTS FROM APOLLO ELEMENTARY, THE APOLLO ELEMENTARY EAGLES AS IN THE EAGLE HAS LANDED, PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE HERE. OF COURSE, THERE ARE SO MANY SPECIAL REMARKABLE COMPONENTS, WE CAN GO WELL INTO THE WEEKEND. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO START THE FORMER DIRECTOR JAY HONEYCUTT AND FORMER BOARD MEMBER OF THE ASTRONAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION. [ APPLAUSE ] PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE ASTRONAUT MEMORIAL BOARD, FIRST OUR FOUNDER, ARCHITECT ALLEN TILLMAN, A FORMER ASTRONAUT JOHN McBRIDE AND FORMER PROPULSION ENGINEER LEE STALIN. [ APPLAUSE ] AND, OF COURSE, THE REMARKABLE HUMAN BEINGS WE HAVE HERE THAT CENTERS AROUND WHAT WE DO, OUR APOLLO ASTRONAUTS. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE BUZZ ALDRON, MICHAEL COLLIN, CHARLIE DUKE AND CHARLES STAFFORD. PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. OUR SNOW ASTRONAUT JOHN McBRIDE, BOB CABANA, WINSTON SCOTT. AND FINALLY, OUR EXISTING ASTRONAUTS. WE HOPE THESE NUMBERS WILL GROW. REX WALHEIM, PAT FORESTER AND JOSH [ INAUDIBLE ] . [ APPLAUSE ] FINALLY, MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE ASTRONAUT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO TRULY HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO START AND I MIGHT SAY WE HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS FOR THESE FAMILIES AND THEY ARE VERY MUCH A PART OF OUR MISSION, HERE WITH THE ASTRONAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, NASA, DELAWARE NORTH. I'LL HEART IS WITH MARTHA CHAFEE, WIDOW OF ASTRONAUT ROGER CHAFEE. MARTHA. [ APPLAUSE ] BONNIE WHITEBEAR THE DAUGHTER OF APOLLO 1 ASTRONAUT, TED WHITE SECOND. [ APPLAUSE ] VIRGIL "GUS "GRISSOM, [ APPLAUSE ] UNLIKE FOR ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS HERE SUPPORTING OUR ASTRONAUTS THAT WE ARE HONORING HERE TODAY AS WELL AS ALL FAMILIES FROM ALL OF OUR ASTRONAUTS THAT WE HONOR THAT HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE AND SERVICE FOR THE COUNTRY, PLEASE STAND FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE. WHAT A GREAT TURNOUT WE HAVE HERE TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, WE HONORED 24 ASTRONAUTS, TWO COLOMBIA ASTRONAUTS, APOLLO 1 AND NUMEROUS OTHER TRAINING ASTRONAUTS. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO FAMILY MEMBER, KAREN STEPHENSON, FREEDOM THOMPSON.OF STILLER FREEMAN, JIM SKOEBY ROGERS WIDOW OF CHALLENGER ASTRONAUT DIG SKOEBEE, JIM'S DAUGHTER, MARY CURTIS, ASTRONAUT CLIFTON WILLIAMS. PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WELCOME YOU IN THIS TRIBUTE, IT'S FOR YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE IN THIS GREAT PURSUIT OF HUMAN EXPLORATION OF SPACE. WITHOUT YOU AND THE SUPPORT OF THE FAMILIES, THIS SHOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE OUR ASTRONAUTS REPEATEDLY SAY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THEM ARE THEIR FAMILIES. >> GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS EILEEN COWAN, I'M A FORMER ASTRONAUT AND CURRENTLY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASTRONAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ASSOCIATION. TODAY WE ARE HERE TO REMEMBER THE BRAVERYS OF THE THREE APOLLO 1 ASTRONAUTS THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES IN SPACE EXPLORATION. THIS IS A RISK THAT WE WERE TAKING AND TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO THE MOON. IT SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THAT MISSION WAS AND I BELIEVE THAT MANY IN MY GENERATION DECIDED THAT THEY WANTED TO BE ASTRONAUTS BECAUSE OF WHAT WE LEARNED IN THE APOLLO PROGRAM. AND IT WAS THE ASTRONAUT'S FLIGHT GUS GRISSOM, ED WHITE AND ROGER CHAFEE THAT INSPIRED ME TO START MATH AND SCIENCE IN SCHOOL AND JOIN THE AIR FORCE TO BECOME A PILOT AND ESSENTIALLY APPLY TO THE ASTRONAUT PROGRAM MYSELF SOME DAY. THEIR DEDICATION AND BRAVERY AN SERVICE TO THE MISSION WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. >> IT'S JUST LIKE ANY OTHER NATIONAL TRAGEDY, YOU CAN REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE AND WHAT YOU WERE DOING AT THE TIME. WELL IT'S THE SAME WAY WITH THOSE MISSIONS, THOSE LAUNCHES AS WELL AS THOSE TRAGEDIES. IT WAS JANUARY 27th, 1967. THOSE TWO DAYS AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER MULTIPLE SPACECRAFT, APOLLO 1, MISSION 34 DOING A MAJOR TEST BUT STILL ROUTINE. THE ASTRONAUTS INVOLVED WERE GUS GRISSOM, ED WHITE AND ROGER CHAFEE. DURING THE TASK, THEY WERE IN AN ENVIRONMENT WITH 100% OXYGEN, SOMETHING IGNITED INSIDE THE CABIN IN THAT ENVIRONMENT, THE FIRE QUICKLY PROPAGATED AND BEFORE ANYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO ACT, THE MEN DIED AS A RESULT OF THAT FIRE. >> IT WAS ALL OVER IN ONE HORRIFYING SECOND. AS DAWN ROSE THIS MORNING, ON THE FAN CAPE CANAVERAL, IT WAS A TRAGEDY. >> THE SIGNIFICANCE OF APOLLO 1 WAS TWOFOLD. IT WAS THOUGHT OUT TO EVERYBODY IN SOCIETY THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. IT ALSO INDICATED THAT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WERE NEEDED IN THE DESIGN OF THE STAFF AND EXPECTATIONS AT THAT TIME GIVING THEIR STATEMENT AT THE TIME. I THINK HISTORY SHOULD REMEMBER THE APOLLO 1 THEME, OUR LEADERS REALLY TOOK THE FIRST STEP AND PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN GETTING US [ INAUDIBLE ] . >> [ MUSIC PLAYING ] [ APPLAUSE ] >> I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ROBERT LIGHTFOOT AS A SPEAKER, HE IS A FORMER DIRECTOR IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, AN ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR IN NASA AND NOW IS SERVING AS THE ACTING ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA, AMERICA'S SPACE AGENCY. MR. LIGHTFOOT. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANKS, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING EVERYONE BEING HERE, IT'S TRULY AN HONOR BEING HERE WITH SO MANY FRIEND AND FAMILY, MEMBERS OF OUR NASA TEAM. WE DO BELIEVE NASA IS A FAMILY AND I SPECIFICALLY WANT TO WELCOME THE FAMILIES AND WELCOME FOR YOUR SACRIFICE IN BEING WITH US HERE TODAY. OUR WORK AT NASA IS SO GENERAL GENERATIONAL, SO INSPIRATIONAL. I THINK IT'S AWESOME WE HAVE KIDS HERE JOINING US TODAY. MY GENERATION STANDS ON THE SHOULDERS OF THESE GIANTS THEY WERE HONORING AND RECOGNIZING TODAY. THOSE GIANTS STARTED THIS BUSINESS OF US TRAVELING FURTHER INTO SPACE AND BREAKING THE BONDS OF GRAVITY. IT STARTED US ON THAT. WE GOT TO CONTINUE THAT EVEN FURTHER AND LEARN THE LESSONS FROM THE PAST. EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME NASA REMEMBERS ALL OF OUR BRAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LOST AND HAVE GIVEN THEIR, GIVEN EVERYTHING, THE FULL SACRIFICE TO ADVANCE THIS MISSION OF EXPLORATION THAT WE BELIEVE IN, THAT HUMANITY BELIEVES IN SO MUCH. PARTICULARLY POIGNANT YOU SEE THIS YEAR BECAUSE IT MARKS 50 YEARS SINCE APOLLO 1. WE KNOW WE WILL NEVER FORGET THEM. WE OH A GAIT DEBT TODAY FOR WHAT THEY TAUGHT US AND WHAT WE LEARN AND HOW WE GOT TO CONTINUE THE JOURNEY. WE ALSO WILL NEVER FORGET THE CREW MEMBERS OF CHALLENGER AND COLOMBIA AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR TEAMS THAT HAVE SACRIFICED ALL GETTING US TO THIS POINT AS AN AGENCY. AS I SAID LAST NIGHT AT A SPECIAL DINNER GOER THE APOLLO 1 FAMILY, WE HAVE SCHOESEN A TOUGH BUSINESS. AN UNFORGIVING BUSINESS. BUT THE REWARD FOR THAT IS THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCEMENT OF WHAT WE LEARN AS HUMAN BEINGS. IT'S WRITTEN IN OUR SOUL, IN OUR DNA TO CONTINUE THAT JOURNEY. AND THESE FOLKS COMMITTED EVERYTHING TO THAT JOURNEY AND WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THAT AND MAKE SURE WE DON'T REPEAT THOSE MISTAKES GOING FORWARD. I KNOW EVERY MEMBER OF THE NASA FAMILY HAS THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SACRIFICED AND ATTEMPTED TO DO THIS HARD THING OF BREAKING THE BONDS OF GRAVITY MOVING FORWARD. EACH OF US IS KIND OF DRAWN INTO THIS PURSUIT. I SAID LAST NIGHT, IT'S AS MUCH A HOBBY AS IT IS A JOB FOR US, A PASSION, OF MAKING SURE THAT WE KEEP PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP PUSHING FURTHER THAT DREAM OF DISCOVERY. THAT DREAM OF LEARNING SOMETHING WE DIDN'T KNOW. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO KEEP DOING, WHERE WE CAN'T FORGIVE. WE CAN'T FORGET OUR FALLEN HEROES AND THEY ARE HEROES. TO THOSE OF US IN MY GENERATION WHO WATCHED AS THESE FOLKS PUSHED THAT ENVELOPE AND ULTIMATELY GOT US TO THE MOON, THAT'S WHY I'M HERE. THAT'S WHY MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN MY GENERATION ARE HERE. OUR GENERATION NOT JUST FOR THAT GENERATION, TO KEEP DOING IT. EVERY TIME WE DO THAT, WE NEED NOT TO FORGET WHAT WE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY SO WE CAN KEEP GROWING AND KEEP GOING FORWARD. SOME MEMORIAL AT THE END OF IT, A PLAQUE READS, REMEMBER THEM NOT FOR HOW THEY DIED BUT FOR THOSE IDEALS FOR WHICH THEY LIVED. I THINK THAT'S A TREMENDOUS STATEMENT. I WANT EVERYONE HERE, ESPECIALLY THE FAMILY MEMBERS HERE WITH US TO KNOW WE REMEMBER THESE AS HEROES OF OUR SPACE EXPLORATION PROGRAM. BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THESE WERE MOTHERS, FATHERS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, SON, DAUGHTERS AS WELL. FOR US THEY EXEMPLYFY THE SPIRIT THAT HELPED US GET WHERE WE ARE TODAY. WE WILL BUILD OFF THAT SPIRIT AS WE CONTINUE TO PUSH HUMANS FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO SPACE. THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. GOD SPEED AND APOLLO 1, CHALLENGER, COLOMBIA, ALL MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY THAT HAVE FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY HERE AND AT NASA. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >> I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR KEY NOTE SPEAKER HERE TODAY VERY CLOSE TO OUR FAMILY MEMBER, MICHAEL COLLINS, HE'S A NASA ASTRONAUT THAT FLEW A LUNAR PILOT ON APOLLO 11, THE FIRST MAN LANDING ON THE MOON, AS HE WAS CIRCLING THE MOON THAT MAN BACK THERE BUZZ ALDRON WAS WALKING ON THE MOON. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, IT'S VERY SPECIAL YOU HAVE US HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] >> SO I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE APOLLO ASTRONAUT MICHAEL COLLINS. [ APPLAUSE ] >> HI, YOUR GRACIOUS TO BRING BACK SO MANY MEMORIES. GOOD AND BAD. AND THEN OLD FRIENDS, DEAD END OF LIVES, CHALLENGER COLOMBIA, TODAY WE'RE NOT HERE FOR A SPACE LAUNCH. NO LAUNCH THIS TIME. BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT TO CONTEMPLATE A LAUNCH WHICH DID NOT TAKE PLACE BUT WHICH IN MANY WAYS WAS AS IMPORTANT AS ANY WHICH FLEW LATER. WITHOUT ABOLL LO 1 AND THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM IT, IN ALL PROBABILITY, SUCH A FIRE WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE LATER IN FLIGHT AND NOT ONLY TO THE CREW BUT THE ENTIRE SPACECRAFT WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST AND NASA WITH NO MACHINERY TO EXAMINE COULD ONLY GUESS AT THE CAUSES AND HOW TO PREVENT STILL ANOTHER OCCURRENCE. YES, APOLLO 1 DID CAUSE THREE DEATHS, BUT I BELIEVE IT SAVED MORE THAN THREE LATER. IT SLOWED THINGS DOWN FOR A YEAR OR SO, BUT WE GAINED MORE THAN A YEAR IN TIME BECAUSE OF INCREASED RELIABILITY THAT PERMITTED FLIGHT SCHEDULE LATER ON WITHOUT IT. VERY LIKELY WE WOULD HAVE NOT LANDED ON THE MOON AS A PRESIDENT AND WISHED BY THE END OF THE DECADE. LISTEN, WHITE, CHAFEE, KENNEDY. I THINK THESE FOUR NAMES ARE APPROPRIATELY MENTIONED IN THE SAME BREATH. BUT TODAY I'D LIKE TO DESCRIBE WHY THEY WERE CHOSEN FOR THIS GREAT HONOR. THE CREW WHICH WAS GOING TO GO WAY BEYOND ANYTHING ANYONE HAD DONE BEFORE. OUR ASTRONAUT USED TO SAY HE CONSIDERED ALL CREWS TO BE THE SAME. I THINK HE MEANT THAT ALL WERE FULLY QUALIFIED. BUT BEYOND THAT, THINK ABOUT THE END OF THE GEMINI PROGRAM AND PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES. I MEAN, HE AND ALL OF THE NATION WERE LOOKING TOWARDS A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION, A LUNAR CAPABLE CRAFT. WHO DO YOU TRUST WITH THIS GIANT RESPONSIBILITY? RESPONSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING SUCH A CRAFT. GUS GRISSOM, GUS HAD MADE THE SECOND MERCURY FLIGHT AND THE FIRST GEMINI FLIGHT, SO HE WAS AS EXPERIENCED AS ANYONE AND HE WAS SINGLE MINDEDLY DEVOTED TO THE PROGRAM. BEYOND THAT, HE HAD A TALENT FOR ENGINEERING THAT PUT HIM AT THE TOP. HE WAS A GOOD TEST PILOT. SURE. BUT BEYOND THAT, HE HAD A FASCINATION WITH ALMOST A LOVE FOR THE COMPLEX NEW MACHINERY AND HE HAD TO EXAMINE CRITICALLY TO LEARN AND TO MASTER, IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR GUS, TRY NIGHT SHIFT AT THE FACTORY. HE'D BE TLT IN THE COCKPIT. HE PICKED ED WHITE. I KNEW ED WHITE LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A SPACE PROGRAM IN THE AUTUMN OF 1948. GOOD GRIEF. COMING UP ON SEVEN YEARS. ANYWAY, I FIRST CAUGHT SIDE OF ED WHITE WHEN WE WERE A FRESHMAN, HE WAS PLEASED AT WEST POINT. WE WERE TRYING OUT FOR THE SOCCER TEAM. THERE WERE ABOUT 60 OF US AND A HUGE FIELD. DISORGANIZED PEOPLE RUNNING EVERYWHERE AND KICKING ONE ANOTHER. I REMEMBER A MASS OF NON-DESCRIPT BODIES WITH ONE RED-HAIRED STREAK WEAVING THROUGH THEM. FASTER AND STRONGER THAN ALL THE REST. ED LATER ABANDONED SOCCER FOR TRACK AND HE WAS ON THE ACADEMY MILE RELAY TEAM, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE ONES THAT WAS RANKED VERY HIGH IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY. ED TOOK TO THE AIR FORCE KIND OF LIKE A DUCK TO WATER, A FIGHTER PILOT, EXPERIMENTAL TEST PILOT. NASA'S DEGREE. BUT IN ADDITION TO ALL THAT ATHLETIC AND FLYING STUFF, ED STOOD OUT AS A OUTSPOKEN PATRIOT. APOLLO TO HIM WAS A MANIFESTATION OF WHAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. AND HE WAS HAPPY TO GET THAT THOUGHT ACROSS WHEREVER AND WHENEVER HE COULD. ONCE I WAS ON A GEMINI BACK-UP CREW WITH ED AND I FOLLOWED HIM IN AMAZEMENT. IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR HIM, YOU'D FIND HIM OUT SOMEWHERE, CONVERTING THE DOUBTERS TO THE VIRTUES OF THE APOLLO PROGRAM. HE PICKED ROGER CHAFEE. ROGER AND I WERE SELECTED IN THE THIRD GROUP OF ASTRONAUTS IN 1963. WE WERE CALLED BY THE PRESS THE APOLLO ASTRONAUTS AS OPPOSED TO THE MERCURY AND GEMINI ONES. AND SURE ENOUGH ROGER WAS THE FIRST IN OUR GROUP TO BE ASSIGNED TO AN APOLLO FLIGHT. ROGER WANTED TO FLY. WE ALL DID. ROGER WANTED TO FLY TO THE MOON. WE ALL DID. WHAT MADE ROGER DIFFERENT FROM ME, ANYWAY, WAS THAT THE MOON WAS NOT SIMPLY A DESTINATION FOR HIM. IT WAS A FASCINATING PLANET WHOSE ROCKS YOU WANTED TO HOLD IN HIS HAND AND WHO WANTED TO STUDY THE FASHION WITH THE SAME INSIGHT AND THE SAME PRECISION THAT A PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST PROBABLY OR GEOLOGIST WOULD BE ABLE DO. IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR ROGERS, HE'D BE BUYING THE MIDNIGHT OIL, A MOON ATLAS ON ONE KNEE, A GEOLOGY TEXTBOOK ON THE OTHER. HE PICKED GUS, ED AND ROGER. AS USUAL, HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. THANK YOU, DICK, AND TO EACH OF YOU WHO KNEW THESE THREE MEN SO WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICES. THE APOLLO CREW WAS MAGNIFICENT. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE SO BLESSED THAT WE HAVE TWO OF THE CREW OF THE APOLLO 11 FIRST LANDING. WE WISH WE COULD HAVE JOHN GLENN HERE WITH US STILL. BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE, FOR BEING WITH US TODAY. >> I ALSO WANT TO INTRODUCE A VERY SPECIAL ASTRONAUT WHO ALSO FLEW FOR THESE VERY, VERY UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS. TOM STAFFORD, TOM, PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] TOM FLEW BOTH GEMINI AND APOLLO. HE KNEW THESE ASTRONAUTS VERY WELL. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, TOM. >> I DON'T THINK A PROGRAM WOULD BE COMPLETE IF WE DO NOT HAVE A VERY SPECIAL GUEST, A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY OF APOLLO 1. JOE CHAFEE IS ON THE BOARD. HIS FORMER NASA EMPLOYEE HERE AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. WE'D LIKE YOU TO SHOW HIM SOME RESPECT, IF YOU WOULD. [ APPLAUSE ] >> GOOD MORNING. ON JANUARY 27, 1967, MY LITTLE 8-YEAR-OLD WORLD WAS TORN APART. ON THAT EVENING, MY MOTHER HAD TO TELL MY BROTHER STEVEN AND ME THAT OUR DADDY WAS NEVER COMING HOME. I'M NOT SURE THAT I TRULY UNDERSTOOD THAT WHAT NEVER COMING HOME MEANS. MY MOTHER DID HER BEST TO EXPLAIN THAT SHE, TOO, WAS DEVASTATED IN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND. I REMEMBER HAVING DREAMS OF HIM WALKING THROUGH OUR FRONT DOOR WITH A BAND AID ON HIS HAND AND TELLING US HE WAS STILL ALIVE. I HAD THIS DREAM OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT IT HAS BEEN SO MANY YEARS THAT I LOST MY FATHER ALONG WITH HIS APOLLO 1 CREW MATE, GUS AND ED. ON THAT JANUARY DAY THEY LOST THEIR LIVES ACROSS THE RIVER ON COMPLEX 34 ON CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION. THEIR STORY CERTAINLY DID NOT END THERE AND THEIR LEGACY LIVES ON TODAY. I'M SO PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY WITH ALL OF YOU TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER, HIS CREW MATES AND THE OTHER FALLEN ASTRONAUTS MEMORIALIZED OUT IN SPACE. IT IS FOUGHT EASY GROWING UP WITH THEIR FATHER AND IT DEFINITELY WAS NOT EASY GROWING UP WITH A FATHER THAT THE WORLD CONSIDERED A HERO. AS A YOUNG CHILD, I DON'T THINK I REALLY CONSIDER MY FATHER AS A HERO, OR EVEN REALLY UNDERSTOOD THE IMPACT OF WHAT AN ASTRONAUT DID. I STRUGGLED TO UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS GONE, WHY HE HAS HIS LIFE AND HOW I COULD POSSIBLY LIVE UP TO THE HERO IMAGE AND MAKE MY FATHER PROUD. I WAS ANGRY, SAD AND CONFUSED. FROM THE ASHES OF APOLLO 1 FIRE CAME HARD LESSONS THAT NASA HAD TO LEARN IN ORDER TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL FLIGHTS TO THE MOON AND FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION OF SPACE. THESE LESSONS LEARNED, CHANGED THE WAY NASA LOOKED AT THE SAFETY OF THE CREW. BECAUSE OF THE APOLLO 1 CREW THE GREAT CAME, DAY AND NIGHT ON THE SPACE PROGRAM AND OF THE FAMILIES THAT SACRIFICED THEIR LOVED ONES. NASA WAS ABLE TO MAKE PRESIDENT KENNEDY LAND A MAN ON THE MOON AND RETURN HIM SAFELY TO EARTH. WE CONTINUED OUR EXPLORATION OF SPACE. IN 1983, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE NASA WORK FORCE HERE AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. WALKING THE HALL, OF THE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING AND THE OPERATIONS AND CHECKOUT BUILDING, I KNEW I WAS WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER AND OTHER HEROES LIKE HIM. I WORKED FOR NASA FOR 33 YEARS AND JUST RECENTLY RETIRED. I WAS FORTUNATE TO MEET AND WORK WITH PEOPLE THAT WERE HERE WHEN THE FIRE HAPPENED, THAT KNEW MY FATHER GUS AND ED AND WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IF THEY COULD FOR THE CREW. OTHERS AT WORK ON THAT COLD JANUARY DAY WHEN THE CHALLENGER BLEW UP AND UNDERSTOOD THE LOSS AND THE HEART BREAK THOSE FAMILIES WERE GOING THROUGH. I WATCHED THE TELEVISION FOR HOURS AFTER COLOMBIA DID NOT RETURN HOPING IT WAS JUST SOME MISTAKE AND IT WAS MAKING ANOTHER LAP AROUND THE EARTH TO LAND LATER. I FELT IS PAIN. OVER THE YEARS, MY PAIN AND ANGER HAVE EASED AND I HAVE LEARNED THAT THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO TO CHANGE THE PAST. I LEARNED THAT EVEN THOUGH I WILL NEVER FORGET ALL THESE TRAGEDIES, I AM ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD TO BE THE GUS DAUGHTER MY FATHER COULD HAVE AND ALWAYS KEEP HIM ALIVE IN MY HEART. JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHALLENGER ACCIDENT, I NOTICED A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT IN THE LOBBY THAT WAS THERE IN MEMORY OF THE CHALLENGER CREW. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, IT WAS ALSO COMING UP ON THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 1 FIRE. I THOUGHT NO ONE REMEMBERED. SO I TOOK THAT INTO MY OWN HAND AND I ORDERED FLOWERS IN HONOR OF APOLLO 1 AND HAD THEM PLACED IN THE HEADQUARTERS LOBBY NEXT TO THE CHALLENGER FLOWERS. AT THAT MOMENT, IT BECAME MY MISSION THAT WE NEVER FORGIVE THE APOLLO 1 CREW AND OUR OTHER FALLEN ASTRONAUTS. ON BEHALF OF ALL THE FAMILIES, I THINK THE NASA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FOR ALREADY BEING HERE TODAY AND LETTING ME TELL YOU A LITTLE OF MY STORY. [ APPLAUSE ] >> YOU KNOW I THINK WE PAY TRIBUTE TO ALL THOSE AEROSPACE WORKERS, ENGINEERS, TECHNICIANS, THEY MADE IT REALLY POSSIBLE FOR AMERICANS TO BE AT THE TIP OF THE SPHERE THE TOP OF THE ROCKET. WE HAVE ONE HERE TODAY WHO ACTUALLY WAS WORKING THE DAY OF THE APOLLO ACCIDENT. HE'S A RETIRED ENGINEER JOHN TRIBE. [ APPLAUSE ] >> GOOD MORNING. I'M VERY HONORED AND PROUD TO BE HERE AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE APOLLO 1 TEAM THAT WORKED TO FLUSH OUT TEST 34, 50 YEARS AGO TOMORROW. I'D LIKE TO JUST SAY BRIEFLY HOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY AFFECTED ME AND AFFECTED THE REST OF THE TEAM AS LONG AS THEY WERE INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM AT THAT TIME. ON THE EVENING OF THE FIRE, I WAS ON THE STATION IN THE SPACECRAFT CONTROL ROOM WHEN WE GOT THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FIRE. AFTER THAT, EVERYTHING HAPPENED SO FAST THAT IT WAS A STRUGGLE TO COMPREHEND WHAT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT MEANT. IT WAS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO US-ON-HOW ON EARTH WE COULD HAVE A FIRE IN THIS COCKPIT. WE SAT THERE REMOTE FROM THE PAST. WE WERE BEWILDERRED AND HELPLESS. WE HAD NO COMMUNICATIONS WITH ANYBODY OUT THERE. WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED, WHY THIS HAPPENED OR WHAT WAS GOING ON AT THAT TIME. FINALLY, THE LEADER JOHN BABBOTT GOT TO OUR COMMUNICATION BOX AND GAVE US AN AVEILED ASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION OUT THERE. WE HAD IMAGINED THE WORST, WE HOPED FOR THE BEST. IT WAS NOT TO BE. WE HAD LOST FOREVER OUR TEAM. IT WAS A MOMENT THAT WOULD LIVE WITH ME AND FOR THE REST OF THE TEAM FOREVER. AND WHILE WE SAT ISOLATED UP THERE IN THAT CONTROL ROOM, OUT OF TOUCH, OUT ON THE PAD, ITSELF, ON LEVELS A- AND A-8, WE HAD TECHNICIANS IN A FRANTIC COMMOTION TRYING TO DO SOMETHING TO GET THE CREW OUT OF THAT COCKPIT. WITHIN SECOND OF THE FIRST CALL, THE POLE ERUPTED ON THE INSIDE, IT THREW DEBRIS OUT ON THE COMMAND MODULE THAT SPREAD ACROSS THE A-8 LEVEL, BURNING TECHNICIANS, SETTING FIRE ON THE DESK AND THE FLAMES LIT UP THE SIDE OF THE COMMAND MODULE TOWARD THE LARGE ESCAPE LITTLE ON TOP AND THE SITUATION WAS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THOSE GUYS FOUGHT THOSE FIRES. SIX OF THEM IN PAIRS OF TWO INTO THE WHITE ROOM WHICH WAS FULL OF PLAQUE TOXIC SMOKE. THEY COULDN'T BREATHE. THEY COULDN'T SEE. THEY BURNED THEIR HANDS, BUT THEY FINALLY GOT THE HATCHES OFF. UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS ALL IN VAIN. IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST. THIS WAS ALL OVER IN FIVE MINUTES. THOSE MEN WHO FOUGHT SO HARD TO GET THE CREW OUT THAT NIGHT WERE GIVEN THE NASA EXTREME BRAVERY MEDAL. THEY WERE STEVE CLEMENS, ALBERT REESE, JERRY HAWKENS AND FRANK ROGERS. THEY WERE RECOGNIZED IN THE NEW MEMORIAL TRIBUTE WHICH IS OPENING TOMORROW MORNING OUT IN THE VISITOR'S CENTER T. LIVES OF EACH OF THOSE MEN WERE INDELLABLY CHANGED THAT NIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY, NONE OF THEM ARE WITH US HERE TODAY AT THIS CEREMONY, SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILIES ARE AND WE WELCOME THEM HERE TODAY. THE NATION MOURNED THE APOLLO LOSS AFTER THAT EVENT. AND THE PROGRAM SEEMED TO FALTER. THROUGH ALL OF US DOWN HERE, I THINK WE FELT A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY. THEY WERE OUR GUYS, THEY WERE A PART OF OUR TEAM AND WE SCREWED UP THE SCHEDULED PRESSURE AND THE LONG HOURS WE WERE ALL WORKING BACK THEN MADE US FOCUS SO MUCH ON WHAT WE WERE DOING THAT WE WEREN'T REALLY AWARE OF THE BIG PICTURE. WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE PUT THOSE THREE GUYS INTO THAT CAPSULE THAT NIGHT IN THE CONDITIONS THEY EXPERIENCED. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER IF THE PROGRAM WAS TO CONTINUE. WE IMMEDIATELY BEGAN A ENTHUSIASTIC SAID, OKAY, WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE THIS A BETTER SPACE CRAFT AND A PROGRAM. WE HAD SPACECRAFT 12, APOLLO 1, WE HAD SPACECRAFT 14 SENT DOWN, THE NEXT ONE IN LINE. WE SYSTEMATICALLY OPENED THOSE VEHICLES, LOOKING AT EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY WE COULD IMPROVE TEAR PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY. IT WENT ALL THE WAY FROM A TOTALLY NEW FAST OPERATING OUTWARD OPENING HATCH THAT WE COULD OPEN IN FIVE SECONDS, INSTEAD OF THE 30 SECONDS IT TOOK TO GET THE OLD HATCHES OFF. WE CAME UP WITH A NEW TWO GASKET SYSTEM, SO WE WOULD NOT HAVE 100% OXYGEN ENVIRONMENT. WE COATED EVERY BARE TERMINAL AND WIRE IN THE VEHICLE AND MADE BETTER COVERINGS ON ALL THE WIRES AND WE GOT RID OF ALL THE FLAMMABLES AND CONTROLLED THEM VERY STRICTLY ON ACCESS INTO THE VEHICLE. THE SEIZURE AND SAFETY PLANS WERE TOTALLY OVERHAULED DOWN HERE. WE LEARNED AN AWFUL LOT FROM THAT EVENING. WE MADE FOR A SAFER PROGRAM. 21 MONTHS WOULD HAVE PASSED BEFORE WE WERE READY TO FLY A MANNED APOLLO. THE APOLLO 7 FLEW IN OCTOBER 1968 AND HOW IT IS TO BELIEVE JUST A FEW MONTHS LATER WE WENT AROUND THE MOON AND THEN IN JULY OF 1969, LESS THAN A YEAR LATER AFTER APOLLO MIKE, BUDS, NEIL WENT TO THE MOON AN RETURNED SAFELY. KENNEDY'S CHALLENGE HAD BEEN MET. I LOOK BACK ON THIS DRAMATIC PERIOD IN MY LIFE AND REALIZE THAT WHILE SOME MONTH SAY THAT WE GOT TO THE MOON DESPITE APOLLO 1, I'D LIKE TO SUGGEST WE GOT TO THE MOON BECAUSE OF APOLLO 1. GUS SAID IF WE DIE, WE WANT PEOPLE TO ACCEPT IT. CONQUEST OF SPACE IS WORTH THE RISK OF LIFE. THEY PAID THAT PRICE IN 1967, BUT THEY DID NOT DIE IN VAIN. WHAT AROSE FROM THEIR SACRIFICE MADE THE LUNAR LANDING POSSIBLE AND RES RECKED THIS NATION'S PRIDE AT A TIME IN OUR HISTORY WHEN THING WERE VERY TUMULTUOUS. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT CREW. I WILL ALWAYS RECOGNIZE THEIR ULTIMATE CONTRIBUTION. THANK YOU, APOLLO 1. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU, JOHN. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I'D LIKE TO NOW INTRODUCE A SIX TIME GRAMMY UNTIL NATED ARTIST, A TALENTED MUSICIAN, WITH A SPECIAL TRIBUTE HE'D LIKE TO OFFER. WE ARE SO PRESSED TO HAVE SUCH GREAT TALENTED ARTISTS, REALLY REALLY STRONG SPACE SUPPORTERS. BRENDAN HEATH. [ APPLAUSE ] . >> WE ARE HAPPY TO BE HERE TODAY. [ INAUDIBLE ] . I AM A SONGWRITER, AND I'M A BIG FAN IF. WHEN I WAS A KID, I REMEMBER SITTING ON THE END OF THE BED AS MY MOM FOLDED THE LAUNDRY ON THE DAY THAT THE CHALLENGER DIDN'T MAKE IT IN SPACE WHERE THEY WERE GOING AND SOMETHING WAS BORN IN ME THAT DAY. I WAS HERE LAST YEAR FOR THE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THEM AND WAS SO HONORED TO BE HERE. AND I SHARED A SONG LAST YEAR. THAT'S WHAT WE SONGWRITERS DO, WE SING. AND I WANT TO TELL YOU A FEW THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME AS A CIVILIAN. I'M SITTING ON AN IMPRESSIVE ROW OF PEOPLE THERE. I'M JUST ONE OF THE COMMONERS OUT THERE. AND THERE ARE SOME BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ROOM THAT I JUST NEED TO SAY ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US, WE DESPERATELY NEED HEROES IN OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED PEOPLE TO INSPIRE US. AND SOME OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE, A PART OF MAN'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT ARE SITTING IN THE ROOM RIGHT NOW. THAT'S NO SMALL THING THAT IS LANDING ON ME RIGHT NOW. I'M REALLY NERVOUS. BUT I NEED TO SAY THAT. I HOPE I'M A GREAT MAN. MY GRANDDAD FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II. I'M WEARING HIS WEDDING RING RIGHT NOW. HE LOOKED UP TO YOU GUYS. AND SO ON HIS BEHALF AND ALL THE REST OF US MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE JUST LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO MODEL OUR LIVES AFTER AND TO FACE FEAR IN THE FACE AND NOT TO BE AFRAID AND TO INNOVATE, SO ESPECIALLY FOR US TO WRITE SONGS AND CREATE HOPEFULLY INSPIRED FROM A MUSIC AM STANDPOINT, I VERY THANKFULLY BOUGHT THE TO KNOW AN APOLLO ASTRONAUT BY THE NAME OF GENE CERNON. I'M NOT SAYING WE WERE FISHING BUDDIES. WE WEREN'T BEST FRIEND. BUT I SPENT A FEW WEEKENDS WITH HE AND HIS WIFE JAN. HE INVITED ME TO COME TO THE PREMIER OF THIS MOVIE "LAST MAN ON THE MOON" IN NEW YORK LAST YEAR. ALMOST A YEAR AGO. AND I REMEMBER AFTER SEEING A MOVIE AND AFTER DAYS AND DAYS OF PRESS JUNKETS AND INTERVIEWS AND PROMOTION, WE SHARED A CAB, GOT TO HIS HOTEL AND THERE WEREN'T A LOT OF WORD. HE WAS EXHAUSTED. BUT THE TIME I DID GET TO SPEND WITH GENE WAS REALLY INSPIRING. AND SO HE WAS A COWBOY OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER. AND SO I WROTE HIM A COWBOY SONG A FEW DAYS AGO, JUST SENT HIM A FAREWELL. AND I'M GOING TO PLAY IT FOR YOU GUYS RIGHT NOW. \M SADDLE UP, COWBOY \M \M TAKE OFF \M \M GO FIND YOUR PEACEFUL SKY \M \M IT'S THE YIPEE KAYEE \M \M LIKE A LONG DAD IN LIFE \M \M AND I'M FEELING IT IN THE AIR \M \M IT'S CLEAR \M \M IT'S A LIFE SAYING GOOD-BYE \M \M TO THE DEEP HORIZON \M \M FASTER THAN YOU CAN GET BY \M [ MUSIC PLAYING ] \M THERE WILL BE STORIES \M \M I WANT TO HEAR AGAIN \M \M THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON \M \M WHERE MYSTERY LIVES \M \M DID YOU REALLY SEE WITH YOUR OWN EYES \M \M DID YOU LEAVE A PIECE OF YOUR HEART ON GOD'S FRONT PORCH \M \M SADDLE UP, COWBOY \M \M SPEAK UP COWBOY \M \M GO FIND YOUR PIECE OF THE SKY \M \M YIPEE KAYAY \M \M SADDLE UP \M [ MUSIC PLAYING ] \M I KNOW WE WON'T SEE \M \M THE END TONIGHT \M \M BUT YOU'RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE \M \M RIDING ON THE REIGNS \M \M SADDLE UP COWBOY \M \M KICK OFF ON A HORSE \M \M GO FIND YOUR PIECE OF THE SKY \M \M YIP 83 KAYEE \M \M THROUGH THE MILKY WAY \M \M SADDLE UP COWBOY \M \M THAT'S MY BOY \M \M FIND YOUR PIECE IN THE DIE \M \M JIPPEE KAYAY \M \M THE MILLIONINGY WAY IN THE SKY \M \M AND FIND THOSE DAYS \M [ MUSIC PLAYING ] SNOOETS \M FOOD BYE \M \M GOOD-BYE \M \M\M\M >> GOOD BLESS HIM THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THAT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT ANYONE'S EVER WE HEARD THAT SONG AND I JUST THINK IT SHOWS YOU THE GREAT INSPIRATION THAT THIS MAGNIFICENT, MAGNIFICENT ENDEAVOR IN HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT INSPIRES IN ALL AMERICANS. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE MAN THAT I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW REALLY WELL, BOB CABANA, SENATOR DIRECTOR OF THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER HAS LED THE KSC WITH SUCH INCREDIBLE GRACE AND INTELLIGENTLY CHALLENGING TIMES. BOB HAS BEEN AT THE PATRICK KENNEDY SPACE CENTER MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE. BOB, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU, THAD. THANKS, TO ALL OF YOU FOR COMING TODAY. PLEASE SHARE IN OUR DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. YOU KNOW, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT HEROES A LOT. I THINK THOSE OF YOU US THAT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO BE IN SPACE. WE DON'T SEE OURSELVES HEROES. WE ARE BLESSED TO BE CALLED WHAT WE LOVE TO DO. WE LOVE DOING. I THINK THE REAL HEROES ARE THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE ALLOWED US TO FULFILL OUR DREAMS, TO REACH OUR GOALS AND THE TEAM ON THE GROUND THAT HAS MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE. EACH YEAR AT THIS TIME, WE COME TOGETHER AND PAUSE TO REMEMBER THOSE THAT MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN OUR QUEST TO EXPLORE BEYOND OUR HOME PLANET. WE HONOR THE CREWS AND REMEMBER THE SFOOILS SMILES ON THEIR FACES AS THEY FULFILL THEIR LIFE LONG DREAMS. AND WE PAUSE TO ENFORCE THE LESSONS LEARNED SO THEY'RE NOT REPEATED AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. LOOKING BACK, NO ONE IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY EVER MADE A DECISION THAT THEY THOUGHT WOULD PUT A CREW AT RISK. WHAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT A GROUND AT THE PAD, WHY WAS IT TOO COLD TO LAUNCH? WE SEEN IT SIT ON THE ORANGE BEFORE, NOTHING HAPPENED. YES, FOAM CAME OFF THE TANK? WE'VE HAD FOAM COME OFF THE TANK BEFORE. IT NEVER DID CRITICAL DAMAGE. IN 1967, I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN MINNESOTA AND I WAS TOO FAR REMOVED FROM APOLLO 1 TO REALLY BE IMPACTED BY IT. IN 1986, I WAS AN ASTRONAUT CANDIDATE IN A SIMULATOR TRAINED TO FLY IN SPACE AND ALSO I KNEW THE CREW AND WAS GREATLY IMPACTED BY THEIR LOSS. SOME WERE MY FRIEND, HAVING JUST COME FROM TAX RIVER AND FLIGHT TESTS WHERE AIRCRAFT AND LIVES WERE LOST, I SEND IT AS A PART OF THE BUSINESS. IN 2003, I WAS OUT AT MID-FIELD AT THE SHUTTLE LANDING FACILITY WAITING FOR THE CREW TO RETURN. AND IT FEM ON ME TO TELL THEIR FAMILIES THEIR LOVED ONES WEREN'T COMING HOME AND I WAS CRUSHED. I DON'T EVER WANT TO BE IN THAT POSITION AGAIN. IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE LEARN FROM THE PAST AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WITH ALL OPINIONS ARE WE HEARD AND DISCUSSED, WHERE EVERYONE FEELS FREE TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS, WHERE EVERYONE IS LISTENED TO AND ALL DATA IS BROUGHT FORWARD SO THAT AN INFORMED DECISION CAN BE MADE. CREATING AND MAINTAIN AGRICULTURE OF TRUST AND OPENNESS IS THE GREATEST LESSEN WE CAN LEARN FROM THE PAST AND IT'S CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR COMMERCIAL PARTNERS. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 1 FIGHTER. WE'VE GONE TOO LONG WITHOUT A MEMORIAL FOR CREW. JUST AS WE HONORED THE CREW OF CHALLENGER FOREVER REMEMBERED AT THE ATLANTA FACILITY IF COOPERATION WITH FAMILIES OF THE APOLLO 1 CREW, WE'RE OPENING A NEW CREW TOMORROW TO HONOR THEM. ED ASTRA, ED SPEARA, A ROUGH ROAD LEADS TO THE STARS. IT'S A FITTING TRIBUTE TO THE APOLLO 1 CREW, THOSE THAT TRIED TO SAVE THEM AND THOSE THAT TOOK US ONTO THE MOON. SO AS WE PAUSE TODAY TO REMEMBER ALL THE HEROES WE HAVE LOST, LET US REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO CREATING A CULTURE THAT ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO BE WE HEARD AND SEEKS TO EVALUATE ALL THE DATA IN THE DECISIONS WE MAKE THAT ONE DAY TAKE US TO MARS AND BEYOND. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU, MR. CABANA. I'D LIKE TO JUST SHARE A FEW THOUGHTS. I KNOW I WAS HERE ON MERRITT ISLAND WHEN WE SAW THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER EXPLODE. I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE IT. I NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH COLLECTIVE GRIEF. I NEVER EXPERIENCED THE UNITY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT IN THE WAY PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER AFTER THAT TRAGIC EVENT. AND WE REALIZED SUDDENLY WE HAD NO PLACE TO MOURN OR MEMORIALIZE OUR ASTRONAUT. NO PLACE TO GO AND I REMEMBER, THERE WAS EITHER, EVERYONE, THOUSANDS WENT OUT TO THE BEACHES AND SHINED A FLASHLIGHT ON THE OCEAN. WE WANTED TO BE TOGETHER. WE WANTED TO REMEMBER. OUR FOUNDER HAD A VISION, LET'S BUILD A MEMORIAL, NOT JUST A MEMORIAL OF STEEL AND GRANITE, LET'S BUILD A LIVING MEMORIAL, SO WE CAN INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF ROCKET SCIENCETISTS, ASTRONAUTS, SO WE CAN REMEMBER THOSE VERY, VERY SPECIAL AMERICANS THAT FLU. REMEMBER THOSE ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS THAT MADE THAT HAPPEN AND ESPECIALLY REMEMBER AND SUPPORT THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE REALLY, REALLY SUFFERED THE MOST AND PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. SO WE HAD THE IDEA OF A SPECIAL LICENSE TAG, THE ONLY ONE, FIRST ONE IN THE COUNTRY, VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING WE DO FROM OUR CLASSES, FROM A MEMORIAL TO THIS FACILITY IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THOSE 20,000 OR SO FLORIDIANS WHO PURCHASED THAT LICENSE TAG. SO MANY OF THOSE WERE AMERICA'S GREATEST GENERATIONS. WE ARE LOSING THEM. WE NEED A WHOLE ANOTHER GENERATION TO INSPIRE OUR FUTURE ROCKET SCIENTISTS. SO FEW HAVEN'T HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THAT LICENSE TAG, PLEASE CONSIDER IT. THAT'S GOING TO HELP US TO CONTINUE TO DO PROGRAMS LIKE THIS AND TO CONTINUE TO EDUCATE OUR YOUTH. I'D LIKE TO REINTRODUCE CHARLIE DUKE. LAUZ [ APPLAUSE ] >> IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO READ THE NAMES OF EACH OF THE 24 ASTRONAUTS THAT WE HONOR TODAY. WE'LL FOLLOW THAT BY A MOMENT OF SILENCE. . THEODORE C. FREEMAN. CHARLOTTE A. BAPTIST, II. ELLIOT M.C., JR. CLIFTON C. WILLIAMS, JR. VIRGIL "GUS" GRISSOM. EDWARD H. WHITE, II. ROGER B. CHAFEE. MICHAEL J. ADAMS. ROBERT H. LAWRENCE, JR. FRANCES "DICK" SCOBY. MICHAEL J. SMITH. JUDITH A. RESNIK. ALLISON S.BONAZUKA. RONALD E. McMANN. GREGORY B. JARVIS. CHRISTA McAULIFFE. MADELEINE L. "SONNY" CARTER, JR. RICK D. --. WILLIAM C. McCOOL. MICHAEL P. ANDERSON. DAVID M. BROWN LAUREL CLARK. AND ELI RAMONE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] THAT CONCLUDE PROGRAM HERE AT OUR FACILITY. WE WILL FOLLOW THIS WITH A LAYING OF A WREATH, WEATHER PERMITTING, AT THE ASTRONAUT MEMORIAL THAT YOU JUST SAW FROM THE SCREEN. I'D LIKE TO ASK OUR ASTRONAUTS, OUR APOLLO ASTRONAUTS TO FIRST BEGIN TO WALK OUT THERE AS WELL AS OUR FAMILY MEMBERS, SO WE CAN HAVE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND OUR ASTRONAUTS AND OUR CURRENT ASTRONAUT CORE TO BEGIN PROCEEDING OUT THERE. THERE WILL BE FOLKS HELPING YOU WALK OUT AND ANYONE WHO MAY NEED A RIDE, WE HAVE PEOPLE TO HELP THEM OUT THERE. WE WILL LET THEM DEPART FIRST. >> THE NASA FOUNDATION THE MEMORIAL THAT WAS BUILT NEAR THE SPACE CENTER WITH THE CHALLENGER COLOMBIA LICENSE TAG IS A 42-FOOT-TALL, 50 WATT, 50-FOOT WIDE GRANITE STRUCTURE AND ON IT, IT HAS ENGRAVED THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE WHO DIED IN DUTY AS U.S. ASTRONAUTS. THE NAMES ARE CUT THROUGH THE GRANITE AND THE LIGHT PENETRATES LIGHTING UP THOSE NAMES OF THOSE ASTRONAUTS.

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