The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page 10 Kennedy Space Center workers bid farewell to shuttle astronauts CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Four thousand Kennedy Space Center workers and their families bade farewell Saturday to seven of their teammates — the astronauts who died when space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. The space workers, dressed in • everything from faded blue jeans to navy blue pin-striped suits, gathered at the same grandstands occupied by the seven astronauts' relatives and friends four days earlier. The fresh edge of horror had faded, but the pain and sadness remained in the men and women who helped put together the space shuttle program. • The crowd stood silently, many with tears streaming down their cheeks, as a wreath was dropped into the ocean at 11:39 a.m., the exact : moment that the Challenger exploded Tuesday. "It's something we never really expected to happen, we have had such a safe program," Ed Alloway, a NASA payload quality worker, said as he left the service. "This service drives home what happened. We've lost a part of us. The wreath at sea is very fitting." The wreath was dropped from a helicopter two miles out in the ocean by James Harrington III, the NASA official who had the job of keeping the Challenger preparations moving along, step by step. He was taken to the helicopter in A.MH *»•••<• AP NASA official carries a memorial wreath. the Astrovan driven by Darrell Mogle, the driver who took the seven Challenger astronauts to the launch pad last Tuesday. The wreath — made of white chrysanthemums and seven red carnations, one for each astronaut— was dropped into a choppy, gray sea' two miles off the coast. It wafted downward just a few seconds before Chris Greiner, a high school bugler, sounded taps at the Where ever you live in Shelter Country... 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Three clergymen — a rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Baptist minister — spoke at the memorial service as did astronaut Robert Overmyer. Overmyer, who was aboard a Challenger mission last April, told the space workers: "For each astronaut the Kennedy Space Center becomes a very special place, for this is the place where our dreams are fulfilled. We soon, even sometimes in a very short time, become very attached to everyone here. We learn to love and respect the difficult work you do so well." Killed Tuesday were Christa McAuliffe, 37, a New Hampshire teacher who was to be NASA's first "common citizen" in space; Francis R. Scobee, 46, the commander; Mi- chaelJ. Smith, 40, the pilot; Judith A. Resnik, 36; Ronald E. McNair, 35; Ellison S. Onizuka, 39, and Gregory B. Jarvis,41. Overmyer told the space workers that the Challenger crew would have wanted them to continue their efforts. Families may be able to sue over Challenger crash SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Challenger's astronauts and their families gave up the right to sue the government for accident or injury, but liability against others, such as contractors who built components of the shuttle, may have to be determined in court, NASA officials say. In a procedure that has become standard for shuttle crews, the astronauts signed waivers giving up the right to sue the government before their fatal flight, although all are believed to have been fully insured. A spokesman for the Insurance Institute, John McCann, said that private contractors could be held liable if it is determined that the accident occurred due to defects in equipment. "If investigators conclude there is a bad piece of machinery at fault, or a subcontractor was negligent, then you may see some action against those private companies," McMann said Friday. "At any rate, there will be some legal battles ahead. You can count on it." After the only other fatal accident aboard an American spacecraft, the widow of Virgil "Gus" Grissom sued Rockwell International and was awarded $350,000. Astronauts Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee died in a flash fire aboard the Apollo spacecraft after it filled with pure oxygen while it was being tested on the launch pad in January 1967. Testimony showed the astronauts survived about 16 seconds and the award amounts to $22,000 a second. The lawsuit was filed only after a NASA investigation that took many months. Ronald D. Krist, a Houston lawyer who represented Grissom, said u was coo early to speculate about liability in the shuttle accident. National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokeswoman Barbara Schwartz said she could not provide information on the astronauts' federal insurance because it is protected by a federal privacy act. But it is a tradition encouraged by NASA management for the astronaut corps to carry appropriate insurance. 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