Two men from the Air Force Space Division in El Segundo, one an amateur artist who specializes in pencil drawings, have painted a mural during their lunch hours and days off as a memorial to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.
Tech. Sgt. Don Anthes and 2nd Lt. Scott Payne have been working on the mural since last month. It will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Friday. Anthes, 38, has painted the astronauts' portraits, while Payne, who has a background in architectural drafting, has been been working on the depiction of the space shuttle and the mural's background.
The mural is being drawn with pastel crayons and chalk on a wall of a building at the Los Angeles Air Force Station, which offers various services to people who work there. While the mural was inspired by the Challenger crew, the servicemen stressed that it is intended to salute all astronauts.
Others Took Chances
Anthes said that he wants people to remember that other astronauts took chances with their lives, too. "I did this so that they are remembered for their whole lifetimes," he said.