テキスト：レーガン大統領 チャレンジャー号 演説(1983)
チャレンジャー号 演説 (MP3, 1.8MB, archive.org) マウスの右クリック
Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd planned to speak to you tonight to report
on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led
me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering.
Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger.
We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country.
This is truly a national loss.
Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts
in a terrible accident on the ground. But we've never lost an astronaut
in flight; we've never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we've
forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle. But they,
the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, overcame them and
did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith,
Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory
Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation together.
For the families of the seven: we cannot bear, as you do, the full
impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we're thinking
about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and
they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, "Give
me a challenge, and I'll meet it with joy." They had a hunger
to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to
serve, and they did. They served all of us. We've grown used to
wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for 25 years
the United States space program has been doing just that. We've
grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've
only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the
Challenger crew, were pioneers.
And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who
were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know
it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this
happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery.
It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The
future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.
The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll
continue to follow them.
I've always had great faith in and respect for our space program,
and what happened today does nothing to diminish it. We don't hide
our space program. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We
do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and
we wouldn't change it for a minute. We'll continue our quest in
space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews
and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space.
Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. I want to
add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for
NASA or who worked on this mission and tell them: "Your dedication
and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And
we know of your anguish. We share it."
There's a coincidence today. On this day 390 years ago, the great
explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama.
In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and an historian
later said, "He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried
in it." Well today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their
dedication was, like Drake's, complete.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner
in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor
the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their
journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth"
to "touch the face of God."