Challenger Memorial Grove

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The Challenger Memorial Grove is a grove of 7 trees adjacent to the bike circle in front of the ARC. It was dedicated by the student body at UC Davis to the 7 brave astronauts who lost their lives on January 28th, 1986 when a booster rocket malfunctioned and exploded 73 seconds after launch. The [wikipedia]Challenger flight was especially famous because it was to carry [wikipedia]Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to fly in space ([WWW]Read more about the crew). Nobel physicist [wikipedia]Richard Feynman was appointed to the [wikipedia]Rogers commission to investigate the Challenger disaster and wrote extensively about his findings, [WWW]a good read if you are interested.

There are other memorial groves around Campus, such as the one planned for UCD researchers and collegues who died in the [wikipedia]Sea of Cortez in 2001 (see [WWW]Memorial Grove to Honor Researchers).

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