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AragornElessar
01-28-2011, 11:25 PM
I just saw on the news a Memorial Servica/Ceremony at Cape Canaveral to mark this sad Anniversary. It doesn't seem possible it was *that* long ago.

Even though I *know* that wasn't the cause of the Shuttle exploding, when I hear the CAPCOM Officer give to the Shuttle the command of "Go to Throttle Up" when I'm watching a Shuttle Launch, I to this day look away. I just can't look, even though I know in my mind that's not what caused it, try telling my heart that.

So...Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?

I was just getting off the bus from a day at Jr High when the driver asked me if I'd heard about the Shuttle and I'd told her no. She told me it had blown up, but I thought she was just making that up to get a reaction from me, as it was well known what a Space Geek I am. Then I got home and Mom nearly pulled my arm out of it's socket before I even had the door open. For the rest of the night, I was parked in front of the TV and in shock.

It really is one of those "Where were you?" moments for my Generation.

I still often wonder how Christa McAullife's family is doing all these years later, as there was so much coverage of her being the First Teacher in Space. Not only her Family, but the others as well.

May they all Rest In Peace. :(

judiz
01-29-2011, 12:06 AM
I was teaching when it happened, I found out on my lunch break, couldn't think of anything else for weeks afterwards.

From what I remember reading a few years ago, Christa's husband remarried.

soxxy
01-29-2011, 12:08 AM
So...Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?

I was walking into the city's main library and saw a group of people gathered around a television set. I immediatly knew it was bad news but couldn't imagine what.

sk8pics
01-29-2011, 12:17 AM
I was in grad school, and was (of course) in the lab that day. We all gathered around the TV and watched with shock. It hit home particularly for us because members of our group had been involved with some experiments on some shuttle missions. :( I still remember President Regan talking about it, too, one of the few times I liked what he said. :(

mpal2
01-29-2011, 12:19 AM
I was at home from school sick and was watching it live. I remember getting irritated that they showed it over and over all day because I didn't want to keep seeing the explosion. It upset me but my mom had the tv on to hear updates. I don't know why she did that because I remember thinking that it would be a while before they could study all the data and determine what caused the explosion. I knew immediately they had all died so no updates there either.

julieann
01-29-2011, 12:23 AM
I was in school at an assembly, I really didn't understand what was happening but I knew something went really wrong. Very sad day, doesn't seem like it's been 25 years.

AragornElessar
01-29-2011, 12:38 AM
I still remember President Regan talking about it, too, one of the few times I liked what he said. :(

The "Challenger Speech" is considered to be one of the best moments of his Presidency. Of course, it didn't hurt he used one of the great poems created about flight in it, High Flight.

About six months after the Columbia Disaster, a cross stitch chart was designed and produced to commemorate both Shuttle Disasters. It has the poem High Flight bracketed in the corners by a Shuttle Launching, w/Challenger January, 28, 1986 and a Shuttle coming in for Touchdown and Columbia March 1, 2003.

Would love to get my hands on that chart, but I've never seen it outside of Cross Stitch Magazines advertising it.

ChelleC
01-29-2011, 01:47 AM
Even though I *know* that wasn't the cause of the Shuttle exploding, when I hear the CAPCOM Officer give to the Shuttle the command of "Go to Throttle Up" when I'm watching a Shuttle Launch, I to this day look away. I just can't look, even though I know in my mind that's not what caused it, try telling my heart that.



I was 8 years old, in third grade, and we had a snow day, so I was at a neighbor's house. I had been completely fascinated by the shuttle program, and had watched almost every prior launch.

I did not watch a launch again until John Glenn went back into space in the late 1990's. When that shuttle was told to go to throttle up. I froze and held my breath for a moment.

Really
01-29-2011, 03:16 AM
I was subbing that day, pregnant with the Chav, and it was BD's 2nd birthday. A student came back from a break and told me what had happened. It was absolutely unbelievable...

mikey
01-29-2011, 03:30 AM
I was at Penn, walking from my SOC 4 class ("The Family"), which was held in the chemistry building, toward Hill House for lunch. There were TVs set up in the cafeteria. I was with my friend Jenny. It's amazing what sometimes sticks in your mind...

purple skates
01-29-2011, 03:36 AM
I was 21 and in Navy A-School in Penscaola FL. I walked into the barracks and there were a bunch of people in the lounge watching the coverage on tv.

Kruss
01-29-2011, 04:55 AM
I was working, the office was busy that day. One of our customer service guys came in to hand us some orders, announced in a dull voice, "The shuttle just exploded," and walked away. I didn't quite comprehend it at first since we were so busy, but of course later on was glued to the TV for the entire evening.

missflick
01-29-2011, 08:49 PM
I watched the shuttle take off. Then I switched channels, to watch The Newlywed Game :slinkaway: During a commercial break, I switched back, and realized that the shuttle blew up.

Oh, and I was home from school because I had written a midterm that morning, and had the afternoon off.

skatesindreams
01-29-2011, 11:47 PM
I live not far from KSC; so the tragedy, and its' consequences, hit hard.

I was watching, as I always did; and saw it all from my living room window - even the separation of the capsule - which NASA, at first, denied.

Bailey_
01-29-2011, 11:53 PM
I was in grade 6. My dad had just picked us up at school to take us out for lunch (because that is what we did when my mom was away), and I heard it on the radio in his truck. A great tragedy - somehow made worse for me because it was to be the "first teacher in space" and thus, millions of children all over the world were watching the launch.