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The Tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger

February 02, 1986

If this nation learns nothing else from the tragedy of the ill-fated Challenger, let us unite in our opposition to President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. What we saw on television clearly demonstrated that no system is foolproof.

Perhaps a case can be made for risking seven lives in the name of space exploration, but certainly there is no way to justify jeopardizing the life of the planet to serve the ends of a small group of politicians, militarists and businessmen.

TERRY WOLVERTON

Los Angeles

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