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.