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[名人演说]“挑战号”惨剧致辞

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“挑战号”惨剧致辞(The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tragedy Address)


    1986年1月18日,“挑战号”升空7秒钟后爆炸,美国总统里根专门发表演说。

    “挑战号”飞船的机组人员为我们光荣地献出自己的一生。我们永远缅怀他们,我们不会忘记今晨最后看到他们的情景。他们整装待发,向我们挥手致意,然后脱离了大地执拗的束缚飞上天际,亲近上帝慈爱的面容。
    The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

 演讲全文:Ronald Reagan: The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tragedy Address

Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss.

Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But we've never lost an astronaut in flight. We've never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we've forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle. But they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation together.

For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we're thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, "Give me a challenge, and I'll meet it with joy." They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.

We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle1 us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and, perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage2 of the shuttle's take-off. I know it's hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.


I've always had great faith in and respect for our space program. And what happened today does nothing to diminish3 it. We don't hide our space program. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute.

We'll continue our quest4 in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians5, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue.

I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA, or who worked on this mission and tell them: "Your dedication6 and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And we know of your anguish7. We share it."

There's a coincidence today. On this day three hundred and ninety years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian8 later said, "He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it." Well, today, we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Thank you.

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1 dazzle 1n5zH     
vt.使昏眩,使惊奇,使赞叹不已,使倾倒
参考例句:
  • The dazzle of the spotlights made him ill at ease.聚光灯的耀眼强光使他局促不安。
  • Fame did not dazzle him.他没有被名望冲昏头脑。
2 coverage nvwz7v     
n.报导,保险范围,保险额,范围,覆盖
参考例句:
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.报纸上几乎没有国外新闻报道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.这是一项承保范围广泛的保险。
3 diminish elyzd     
vi.变少,变小,降低;vt.减少,减小,降低
参考例句:
  • We should try to diminish the cost of production.我们应尽力减少生产成本。
  • He likes to diminish the skill of others.他喜欢贬低别人的技术。
4 quest OtNy1     
n.寻求,搜索,追求
参考例句:
  • Man will suffer many disappointments in his quest for truth.人类在探索真理过程中必然会遭受挫折。
  • His quest for perfection is relentless.他不断追求完美。
5 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
参考例句:
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
6 dedication pxMx9     
n.奉献,献身,致力,题献,献辞
参考例句:
  • We admire her courage,compassion and dedication.我们钦佩她的勇气、爱心和奉献精神。
  • Her dedication to her work was admirable.她对工作的奉献精神可钦可佩。
7 anguish awZz0     
n.(尤指心灵上的)极度痛苦,烦恼
参考例句:
  • She cried out for anguish at parting.分手时,她由于痛苦而失声大哭。
  • The unspeakable anguish wrung his heart.难言的痛苦折磨着他的心。
8 historian vcExw     
n.历史学家,编史家
参考例句:
  • As a historian,he was most typical of the times in which he lived.作为历史学家,他是他所处时代最有代表性的人物。
  • He calls himself a historian,but his books are a mere journalism.他自称为历史学家,但是他的书都是些肤浅的通俗作品。
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