On January 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan postponed his State of the Union address to speak to the country about the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger. His words comforted a nation facing its first “in air” space flight related deaths and inspired others to follow in the astronauts’ footsteps despite the dangers of space exploration.

Today, President Reagan’s words are just as inspiring. With a continued space presence through the International Space Station, the dangers associated with space exploration are just as relevant today and President Reagan’s words serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of our astronaut corps.

View President Reagan’s address after the jump.