January 28, 2006 - Posted at 2:25 p.m. CST
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) _ It happened 20 years ago, but the
memory of the Challenger disaster remains fresh for those who
gathered at the Kennedy Space Center today.
NASA officials and the relatives of astronauts killed in the
past 40 years attended a ceremony honoring the seven Challenger
The wife of Challenger commander Dick Scobee says
the families' lives were shattered, but they persevered. And June
Scobee Rodgers says without risk, there's no discovery and no new
knowledge. She says the greatest risk is to take no risk.
The space shuttle Challenger blew apart shortly after takeoff.
Another ceremony is being held at Arlington National Cemetery at
the time of the launch.
June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Commander Dick
Scobee, in an AP interview, said the attention surrounding her husband's death
was both a help and a problem.