‘To touch the face of God’


President Reagan could be awfully great for certain things, like addressing the American public after the Space Shuttle Challenger went down, 25 years ago today. “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives,” Mr. Reagan said. “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’ “

The quotes are from “High Flight,” a poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. The delivery is all Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan

'To touch the face of God'