Astronauts' Families, NASA Officials Mark Challenger Anniversary

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.

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