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Caution and Risk: Balancing Risk in Spaceflight

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 03-Feb-2013
Updated: 03-Feb-2013 05:11 PM

On February 1, 2013, the NASA Day of Remembrance 2013 honoring the crews of Apollo 1 (AS-204), Challenger (STS-51-L), Columbia (STS-107) and other astronauts who lost their lives, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) held a panel discussion on Caution and Risk:  Balancing Risk in Spaceflight at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.  That day was the 10th anniversary of the loss of Columbia and her crew.

This summary of the panel discussion was published the next day.   The panel, moderated by NASM space historian Roger Launius, featured June Scobee Rogers, widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Public Outreach Alan Ladwig, Apollo and Shuttle astronaut Ken Mattingly, and space historian Steve Dicks.   Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin made a surprise appearance as well.

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