January 28th, 2018

32 Years Ago Today

Today is the thirty-second anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

This disaster claimed the lives of:

Francis (Dick) Scobie, 46 (Commander)
Michael Smith, 40 (Pilot)
Ellison Onizuka, 39 (Mission specialist)
Judith Resnick, 36 (Mission specialist)
Ronald McNair, 35 (Mission specialist)
Gregory Jarvis, 41 (Payload specialist)
Christa McAuliffe, 37 ((Social studies teacher)

I was 30 years old at the time of the terrible disaster, and remember that I was horrified and terribly depressed and saddened by the explosion, and remember thinking that this was a terrible blow to man's continued exploration in space. Indeed, it resulted in a 32-month hiatus of the American space program, but it was the Challenger disaster that redefined NASA in a major fashion. Despite this, the desire on the part of the folks who make up NASA's astronaut corps and the folks who serve NASA in all capacities to explore space and continue on with this work is even stronger today than it was back then. Whether anything will come of the American (and others') space program is yet to be seen, but I'm saddened that the exploration of space these days is dormant, at best.

It's now thirty-two years since the Challenger disaster, as I mentioned. Those of us who are still present and accounted for after that time have hopefully lived a lot, and learned a lot over the years. Fortunately, the exploration hasn't stopped altogether either, for which I'm grateful, and want to thank those who have kept the dream alive.

But we will never forget the Challenger disaster. It was a testament that we are all too mortal and frail, but also to the spirit of explorers, both past and present.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming

It's almost Sunday afternoon.

And that means it's time for Sunday afternoon gaming.

Truth be told, I'm feeling somewhat under the weather. Got a bad headache, some chills, sinus congestion, lots of phlegm, and a moderate cough. (And that's aside from the cervical spine issues on the left side of my body.) However, I spoke to both Tammy and spross, and both agreed they were willing to play this afternoon and take their chances on my health not being contagious.

We'll be playing some The Dark Eye RPG this afternoon, as I actually manage to start the game campaign, so I'm quite looking forward to this. That said, gonna have to take decent notes on stuff today, as I'm sure I won't remember much of the game session come the beginning of the week given the state of my head.

Like I said, looking forward to gaming. In the meantime, I need to figure out something light to eat for lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

*cough, cough*