Memories of the Challenger

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i was in fourth grade and i remember watching the news reports over while i was at school-the next day we were supposed to have watched Christa Mcaullife give us a science lesson from space.

From: amanda


Was working on car at my late Father`s shop when he came out and told us. We took a break and watched a little of the coverage. Then back to work. Remember it like it was yesterday.

From: AL


I was a Senior in high school. I was in my English class (first row and second desk) when one of the secretaries from the principal's office told us what had happened. I remember we talked about it briefly, held a moment of silence, and had to continue our classwork. Everyone was talking about between the next class period and then at lunch.

From: DLR


I was 17,soon to be 18, a senior in high school in NJ, and I was sick at home for a couple of days. I was sleeping in bed, sick, when my Mom woke me up and told me what happened. I remember seeing over and over again the footage, and the eerie, calm voice of the NASA command center describing, after the explosion, the downward nautical miles and saying "obviously a major malfunction", and the feedback noise of the mic he was using...can hear still it now.

From: JimmyD


I was at community college,and did not watch the launch, but some students who had watched it came into the classroom laughing and joking about it. I was appalled and disgusted by their callousness...

From: AnthonyW


Today, 1/28/2013, is the 27th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. I still remember being home with the flu and recording it as it happened while watching it on CNN, which carried it live. I still have the tape, which is as clear today as it was when I recorded it. It was a tragic day, and I never experienced anything worse til 9/11/2001, or the tragic breakup of the Columbia on 2/1/2003. May the Lord continue to keep them all safe in His arms.

From: Jan Griffiths


I was in 9th grade at Cocoa Beach High in Florida when the Challenger exploded and saw the whole thing live. My friends and I didn't actually realize anything had gone wrong until an announcement came over the PA system that we were all to head to the nearest classroom immediately. There was fear of debris/fallout. Classes were eventually canceled and the numbness of the tragedy set in. For months, Cocoa Beach was inundated with reporters and visitors (and gawkers). When they finally opened them again, people would search the beach for wreckage "souvenirs". I have seen every shuttle launch since the first one (not to mention every rocket launch since I was born) and the shock of witnessing the Challenger disaster is still haunting.

From: Gary


I was not born yet though but when I learned of it when I was young, I was absolutely horrified! It was so bad. I remember watching a clip of it for my school and I was just shocked. My mom and Dad remember that day. I was am still amazed at what happened to this day. today is 3/25/14

From: CallaHanR

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