A Tragedy Remembered

I remember watching the Challenger Tragedy unfold thirty-one years ago while sitting in class at Ivydale Elementary School. We visited the Challenger Memorial while on a school trip to Washington, D.C. It was the first large-scale tragedy I remember witnessing, and it had a profound effect on the younger me.
The novel I recently completed, entitled "Humanity First," is set in the year 2125 and features an asteroid mining ship named Challenger. Her Captain, Owen Hudson, is a descendant of one of the Challenger astronauts.
Without realizing the date, I sent query letters to a few literary agents yesterday and early this morning.
The dedication reads:
This book is dedicated to all of humanity, to every man, woman, and child who rises above the challenges of life on a daily basis.
Specifically, this book is meant to be a celebration of the men and women of NASA. It is their courage and commitment to the advancement of the human race that has taken us this far, though this is still only the beginning. We, as a species, must look to the stars to answer the questions bigger than us. We must look to the stars to ensure the continued survival of the human race, but we must look inside ourselves to find the strength, courage, and commitment that will ensure humanity not only survives, but thrives, in the face of adversity.

Royce Sears