Statement by Dr. June Scobee Rodgers Regarding Beyonce Audio Clip of Challenger Accident


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This is a statement from Dr. June Scobee Rodgers in response to audio from the Challenger shuttle tragedy being used in the song 'XO.'

"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO'. The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today. Their dedication to education and exploration resulted in the creation of Challenger Center for Space Science Education and because of this we have been able to educate millions of students across America and beyond. We hope everyone remembers the crew for the inspirational legacy they left in the hearts of so many."

- Dr. June Scobee Rodgers is the widow of the Challenger 51L Commander Dick Scobee and the Founding Chair of Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

About Challenger Center

Using space exploration as a theme and simulation as a vehicle, Challenger Center and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students' expectations of success, foster long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and inspire students to pursue studies and careers in these areas. Challenger Center's network of Challenger Learning Centers across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Korea reach more than 400,000 students each year through simulated space missions and educational programs and engage more than 40,000 educators through missions, teacher workshops, and other programs. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center for Space Science Education was created to honor the seven astronauts of shuttle flight STS-51-L: Commander Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Michael J. Smith. To learn more about Challenger Center visit www.challenger.org.

Lisa Vernal

Director of Communications

Challenger Center for Space Science Education

422 First Street SE, 3rd Fl.

Washington, DC 20003

Main Office: 202-827-1580

Direct: 202-827-1573

lvernal@challenger.org

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