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Name History (Challenger Point)
Title: Naming of Challenger Point
Entered by: 14erFred
Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010
Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1988). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Shayler, D. (1987). Shuttle challenger. London: Salamander Books.
This summit was officially named Challenger Point in 1987 in memory of the crew of the NASA space shuttle Challenger -- Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Judith A. Resnik, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis, and Sharon Christa McAuliffe -- all seven of whom died when their spacecraft exploded less than two minutes after lift-off on January 28, 1986. "A bronze plaque was placed on the summit on July 19, 1987, by a party led by Alan Silverstein" (Borneman & Lampert, 1988, p. 171).