President Reagan's 1986 State of the Union was originally scheduled for the day of the Challenger explosion, January 28, 1986, but was postponed by a week in response to the accident. Reagan begins his message by paying tribute to "the brave seven" Challenger crew members and later reiterates the nation's commitment to the space program. This version is the official copy Reagan handed
to the President of the Senate before the address. The text differs slightly from the final speech made by the President.