The Challenger

Challenger patch
In the midst of a busy day at work yesterday, I failed to take note here of a major anniversary. It was 17 years ago on January 28th that the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up before our eyes shortly after blast off. It’s one of those days from my childhood that I’ll never remember. I was a big space nut at that point. I can remember our class taking a field trip down the street to a local restaurant. (Really. We were learning how to divide by splitting the bill from lunch. These were the days when schools would let children walk down the street at lunchtime. But I’m digressing…) One kid had a walkman on and heard the news report. We crammed into the restaurant and watched CNN coverage of it for most of the time we were there. We were only 9 or 10 at the time. While those who were alive then talk about clearly remembering where they were when Kennedy was shot, I think most people my age will remember this moment.

All the information, pictures, and movie clips from the mission can be seen over a NASA’s website. Take a moment to go there and remember them all: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair, Gregory B. Jarvis, Sharon Christa McAuliffe.

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  1. I remember watching this live. We were in US History. Teacher wheeled in a TV and told us we were going to watch the shuttle launch.

    I can smell, hear, and see everything at that moment to this day.

    Sunny. warm. the smell of pot on Craig (bully kid that sat in front of me). A girl in jeans and a white top walking past the class window…… and the horrible (yet darkly funny jokes that started in the days that followed). Orange desks with wood-lamanent tops. Getting hugged by people I couldn’t stand. Not fully understanding what had just happened. The erie silence going home on the bus, after school was out.

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