REALSPACE: Counting up the cost in human terms

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Humanity has been tooling around in space for half a century now, and quite a few people have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of a frontier that most folks basically couldn't seem the least bit interested in. I think it's important to remember them, however, and so I present a list of fallen heroes in alphabetical order, without any of my usual editorializing.

MICHAEL J. ADAMS, American Pilot. One flight. Born 5/5/1930, died 11/15/1967. Died due to a technical failure on a flight of the third X-15 rocketplane.

MICHAEL P. ANDERSON, American Mission Specialist. Born 12/25/1959. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. Two flights, a total of 24 days in space.

DAVID M. BROWN, American Mission Specialist. Born 4/16/1956. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. One flight. A total of sixteen days in space.

DOCTOR KALPANA CHAWLA, American Mission SPecialist. Born 7/1/1961. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. Two flights, a total of 31 days in space.

LAUREL B.S. CLARK, American Mission Specialist. Born 3/10/1961. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. One flight, a total of 16 days in space.

GEORGI T. DOBROVOLSKY, Soviet pilot. Born 6/1/1928. Died 6/30/1971 in the Soyuz 11 disaster. One flight, 23 days on the Salyut space station.

VIRGIL I. "GUS" GRISSOM, American Pilot. Born 4/3/1926. Died in the Apollo Fire on 1/27/1967. Two flights, five hours in space.

RICK D. HUSBAND, American Pilot. Born 7/12/1957. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. Two flights, twenty five days in space.

GREGORY B. JARVIS, American payload specialist. Born 6/24/1944. Died 1/28/1986 in the Challenger Disaster. He was on his first flight. No time in space.

VLADIMIR M. KOMAROV, Soviet pilot. Born 3/16/1927. Died 4/24/1967 in the Soyuz 1 disaster. Two flights, two days in space.

S. CHRISTA C. McAULIFFE, American payload specialist. Born 9/2/1948. Died in the Challenger Disaster on 1/28/1986. One mission. Never made it to space.

WILLIAM C. McCOOL, American Pilot. Born 9/23/1961. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. One mission. Sixteen days in space.

DOCTOR RONALD E. McNAIR, American mission specialist. Born 10/21/1950. Died 1/28/1986 in the Challenger Disaster. Two missions. Eight days in space.

ELLISON S. ONIZUKA, American mission specialist. Born 6/24/1946. Died in the Challenger disaster on 1/28/1986. Two missions, 3 days in space.

VIKTOR I. PATSAYEV, Soviet engineer. Born 6/19/1933. Died 6/30/1971 in the Soyuz 11 disaster after 23 days on the Salyut 1 space station.

ILAN RAMON, Israeli pilot. Born 6/20/1954. Died 2/1/2003 in the Columbia Disaster. One mission, 23 days in space.

DOCTOR JUDITH A. RESNIK, American mission specialist. Born 4/5/1949. Died 1/28/1986 in the Challenger disaster. Two flights, six days in space.

F. RICHARD "DICK" SCOBEE, American pilot. Born 5/19/1939. Died 1/28/1986 in the Challenger disaster. Two flights, seven days in space.

VLADISLAV N. VOLKOV, Soviet engineer. Born 11/23/1935, died 6/30/1971 in the Soyuz 11 disaster after 28 days on the Salyut space station.

EDWARD H. "ED" WHITE II, American pilot. Born 11/14/1930. Died 1/27/1967 in the Apollo Fire. One flight, four days in space.

Think about them a bit today, maybe say a prayer if you're so inclined. Spread it around. Most of these people are folks you've probably never heard of, but you *should* have. We all should have.

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