"Every generation has the obligation to free men's minds for a look at new worlds... to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation." - Ellison S. Onizuka

"Every generation has the obligation to free men's minds for a look at new worlds... to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation." - Ellison S. Onizuka

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

Ellison Onizuka, first AAPI U.S. astronaut, 1985

Ellison Onizuka, first AAPI U.S. astronaut, 1985

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission that ended in tragedy on January 28, 1986: Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A. Resnik.

Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members: (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.

Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members: (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.

The Challenger crew outside the shuttle's hatch on a prelaunch visit. From left: Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick, Francis (Dick) Scobee, Ron McNair, Michael Smith, and Ellison Onizuka. (NASA)

The Challenger crew outside the shuttle's hatch on a prelaunch visit. From left: Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick, Francis (Dick) Scobee, Ron McNair, Michael Smith, and Ellison Onizuka. (NASA)

WAVING GOODBYE — The crew of mission STS-51L on the way to board the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. The flight would end in tragedy shortly after liftoff. Front to back: Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee; Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik and Ronald E. McNair; Pilot Michael J. Smith; Payload specialist Christa McAuliffe; Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka; and Payload specialist Gregory Jarvis. (NASA)

WAVING GOODBYE — The crew of mission STS-51L on the way to board the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. The flight would end in tragedy shortly after liftoff. Front to back: Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee; Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik and Ronald E. McNair; Pilot Michael J. Smith; Payload specialist Christa McAuliffe; Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka; and Payload specialist Gregory Jarvis. (NASA)

Ellison Onizuka, Hawaiian native, astronaut, first Asian American in space, and Challenger hero, reads.

Ellison Onizuka, Hawaiian native, astronaut, first Asian American in space, and Challenger hero, reads.

Ellison Onizuka received the medal July 23, 2004 for STS-51-L (died aboard Challenger) medal given by President George W Bush.

Ellison Onizuka received the medal July 23, 2004 for STS-51-L (died aboard Challenger) medal given by President George W Bush.

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