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The 25th Space Shuttle mission the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff... May the seven astronauts RIP :candlesad:

 

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OceanChevy, I can remember being in class and watching this live. It's one of those rare moments that you will never forget..... God Bless those Astronauts and God Speed!!!
 

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A very touching article that I found about that horrible day- Bucky

Where were you when the Challenger exploded?

It was like Pearl Harbor. It was like JFK's assassination. It was like 9/11 and the day Elvis died.

When the space shuttle Challenger exploded before a live TV audience of mostly schoolchildren, it left a permanent mark on the psyches of most Americans who were old enough to remember.

The Raycom News Network took an informal Facebook poll and asked people where they were when the Challenger exploded. We received more than 200 responses in less than an hour.

Bobbi Rahanek was an 8-year-old in North Dakota, and her mother kept her home to watch the launch. She was sitting on the floor watching the shuttle go up when it exploded.

"I screamed and cried and asked my mother if we could go there to help save them," she said. "When she told me no, I ran to my room and cried forever. To this day it saddens me for all of them and their families. What a tragedy and a dark day for us all."

Jodell Johnson-Bridge of Murrells Inlet, SC, was in Disney World in Orlando, FL, about 55 miles from Cape Canaveral, where the space shuttle launched.

"Everyone was looking up, thinking it was all routine," she said. "I will always remember the moment as a sad one, a moment when I was watching lives come to an end."

Shannon Bizzell Gray of Tampa, FL, was in the eighth grade at St. Bede Catholic School in Montgomery, AL. She said she remembers sitting in silence after the tragedy.

"Which says a lot for a bunch of eighth graders. All the kids just looking at each other like, 'That didn't just really happen did it?' They turned the TV off pretty quickly after it happened, and we just tried to go back to normal school life."

But for the schoolchildren who witnessed the tragedy, nothing about the day could ever be normal. For that generation, it was the first time they realized their heroes - their teachers - could vanish in a plume of smoke
 

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Gosh, I can't believe that was 25 years ago already.

I remember that day clearly, it was my then-best-friend's birthday.
We watched it live on an old (well, new then) Zenith 19" TV in our 3rd grade classroom.

Wow. It's somber to think about. :candlesad:
 

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Why is it that the shuttle blowing up is telivised more than this? That was by far the best speech ever given and its not much more than a mere footnote in the media.

They don't drone on and on about the loss of Grissiom, White, & Chaffee on the launch pad during preflight tests for Apollo 1. We have a building for each one of those men here at Purdue and each one has a memorial to its namesake.

In Potter Engineering Library, IIRC, theres a wall dedicated solely to the Challenger crew and the multiple scientific packages that Purdue students built for that very mission.

In Armstrong Hall there was for a time, not sure if its still there, a memorial for the Columbia crew and there still is a tile off the bottom of Columbia from a previous mission on display. My HS shop teacher was in Texas hunting wild hogs when he saw Columbia break up on re-entry. He assisted in the S&R mission that confirmed the loss of the crew.

I guess the thing that pisses me off the most is that they are trying to make space travel look unsafe. Look at the number of manned missions vs the number of fatalities. We've lost 17 people in the entire history of US manned spaceflight (space missions only, not airplane flight accidents).

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I was 33 then and remember it like yesterday, very depressing sick day. Everyone in the office that day was so upset that I just told everyone to just go home......and we did.
 

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OceanChevy, I can remember being in class and watching this live. It's one of those rare moments that you will never forget..... God Bless those Astronauts and God Speed!!!
I was in 5th grade; I was shocked and remember it. I still have an awful feeling of those people burning up.

Gosh, I can't believe that was 25 years ago already. :candlesad:
I just thought the same thing.
 

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Seems like it was yesterday, I called in sick that day to watch the lift-off, I'm a pretty big space buff. I know that I was in a pretty bad daze for a few days, not wanting to believe what I had seen had actually happened. I simply could not believe it. When President Reagan uttered the words
"Oh I Have Slipped
The Surly Bonds of Earth...
Put Out My Hand
And Touched the Face of God "
:candlesad:
I knew and realized that the crew was no longer with us, and that NASA would be changed forever.
 
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