Dick Scobee (Photo: NASA)
Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee was born in Washington state in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and, after serving in Vietnam, became an Air Force test pilot. Scobee was selected for NASA's astronaut program in 1978.
Having previously piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger
in 1984, Scobee was made Commander for the STS-51-L mission. He would oversee a crew of six others, including civilian teacher Christa McAuliffe.
On January 28, 1986, people across America, including many schoolchildren, watched in horror as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after lift-off. Commander Scobee and his entire crew were killed.
Twenty-five years later we remember astronaut Dick Scobee and invite you to share memories and condolences in his Guest Book.