In Memoriam

This book wishes to honor those who paid the highest price in order to reach and extend the new frontier, sometimes in secret and often without being remembered even as a footnote of history. The story behind each one of the names that follow is given in the Remembering the fallen chapter.

May we never forget that anyone who denies the Moon landings is sullying the memory of these brave people, of their families and of everyone who worked hard for the exploration of space.

Michael J. Adams

Michael P. Anderson

Charles A. Bassett II

Valentin Bondarenko

David M. Brown

Roger Chaffee

Kalpana Chawla

Laurel B. Clark

Georgi Dobrovolski

Theodore C. Freeman

Edward G. Givens, Jr.

Virgil “Gus” Grissom

Rick D. Husband

Gregory Jarvis

Vladimir Komarov

Robert H. Lawrence, Jr.

Christa McAuliffe

William C. McCool

Ronald McNair

Ellison Onizuka

Viktor Patsayev

Ilan Ramon

Judith Resnick

Francis “Dick” Scobee

Elliot McKay See, Jr.

Michael J. Smith

Vladislav Volkov

Ed White

Clifton C. Williams, Jr.



Ad astra per aspera.


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