[FPSPACE] Apollo 1 anniversary

Phillip Clark psclark@dircon.co.uk
Mon, 28 Jan 2002 14:34:02 +0000 (GMT)

Straying slightly from the political tones that this thread seems to be
evolving towards, a comment about the UK perspective.

Over here if you check the "anniversaries" for the appropriate events, you
will find that the Apollo 1 fire and (as today) the loss of Challenger are
always mentioned.   But those same anniversary listings never include the
Soyuz 1 or Soyuz 11 crew losses.   Examples are the listings included in
the BBC's CEEFAX and commercial television's TELETEXT services.

Maybe it is because the US accidents were in the full glare of publicity,
while the Soyuz accidents - although well-publicised at the time, of
course - were partially "hidden" by Soviet-era news control.

Or maybe the UK media listing anniversaries do not think that Soviet
losses are worth commemorating.

Phillip Clark

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