As families of the lost Challenger astronauts gather with NASA to mark the space shuttle accident’s 30th anniversary, there’s a new voice to address the crowd.
June Scobee Rodgers — widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee and longtime spokeswoman for the group — is passing the torch to daughter Kathie Scobee Fulgham.
Fulgham — not Rodgers — will be on the stage for Thursday morning’s ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. And making a rare appearance in the audience will be schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe’s son, Scott, with his own family.
“It’s going to be wonderful to watch the pages turn,” Rodgers said earlier this week. The second generation “can now speak for our family and speak for the nation,” she said, adding that she’s looking forward to these grown astronauts’ children “sharing their stories, their beliefs and their leadership.”