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Where Were You When The Challenger Blew Up?  
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 2382 times:

I was in school. My mom called and brought some extra tv's for us all to watch it on..


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User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

Strangely, I was sick that day from school. Mom and I were watching it in the kitchen, and when the shuttle exploded, I knew it was over, even though, to my memory, it was like nobody was really saying anything. Just shock. I still remember that it was like those rockets on the sides were veering off from the explosion. I remember it fairly well.


User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

i was sleepign.. my mom woke me up n turned on the tv... what was the date? again

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

I think it was 1-28-85.. .. or 1-30-85


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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

Quoting Jfkaua (Reply 2):
i was sleepign.. my mom woke me up n turned on the tv... what was the date? again

I believe you are thinking of the Columbia, since you probably weren't born yet when the Challenger blew up. Of course, I wasn't, either.  Wink


Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 3):
I think it was 1-28-85.. .. or 1-30-85

Challenger - January 28, 1986

Columbia - February 1, 2003

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7620 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Probably at Playcentre, or asleep in bed after a day of eating/drinking/burping/pooping/crying/watching planes. It was not really a big event for me personally.

User currently offlinePacificWestern From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

I was in Palm Springs, California sick with strep throat. I had a dangerously high fever. When the fever broke, I had to stop and wonder if the Challenger had actually blown up or if it had just been part of the fever and I imagined it.

User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

I was looking for a job. I was interviewing in an upholstery place and the radio was on in the background. I actually told the owner to quiet down a second.

User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

oo yes my bad i was thinking of columbia

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

Uh..I was 3 years old, making my parents' lives miserable as usual Big grin I had no idea what Challenger was...

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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4900 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

I wasn't born yet, so n/a

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1683 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

I was a fourth-grader at Faith Christian Academy, Auburn, IN.

That day, we had a day off school (winter weather?). Mom, Dad, my little sister, and I were in Fort Wayne, IN (my little sister was having her artificial legs adjusted there). It was either on the TV or radio that we heard about the Challenger explosion. I remember seeing it on TV later.

Strangely, that week had been a terrible week for our school, too. Several people from the school had been tragically killed in a car-train accident (the school librarian, her kids, and one or two other boys in the car all together).
That week was full of funerals for all of them. The day that Challenger exploded, we went to see the body of one of the boys in our town funeral home (after being in Fort Wayne). Altogether, that week was a week of tragedy for both our nation and our school.


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

I was in 2nd period of Global Studies at Ogden Jr. High School in Oregon City, Oregon. I was in 7th grade at the time.

The principal made an announcement over the loudspeaker about what had happened, and to this day I still remember the looks on other students' faces after the announcement was made.

User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2326 times:

I was in 10th Grade and sitting in a Math Class (Geometry, I think). The school secretary came over the PA and announced that the Challenger has blown up and that everyone on board had died.

I also remember the looks on all of the other kids faces but I especially remember the reaction from our teacher. He was visibly shaken and after a few minutes he told us that he had applied for that teacher in space mission and had actually made the first cut. I'm sure he was thinking all sorts of thoughts about what would have happened had he been the teacher chosen for the mission.

The other interesting thing was that school pretty much went on like normal the rest of the day. My Dad picked me up after school that afternoon and we went down to the local Department store (Pamida) to the Video department so that I could watch the coverage on TV. That was the first time I saw the explosion for myself.

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13848 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2323 times:

I guess I'm 'old man of the thread'  Smile I was a year or two out of college an was in line at the company cafeteria when a co-worker mentioned it. He did it so casually that I thought he was making a bad joke. It took quite a while for the reality to sink in. None of us thought such a thing could happen. Afterwords I read a great deal about it and then realized how much risk is taken every time the thing flies.

Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2312 times:

I was eating lunch in my office at work. A guy walked in and told me..this was
pre-internet so of course I couldn't jut log on and read about it somewhere. that afternoon I had to go to a meeting at another facility and it was very difficult to concentrate on what was taking place.


What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2309 times:

I was sleeping. I was working a part-time job at a K-mart in the town I had just graduated from college. Normally, I'd have been in the TV section, too. I got up about 1 pm, and made myself a sandwich, and grabbed a Coke. I popped on the TV, and surfed thu channels to get to a TV show I watched at 2. Noticed all the news guys on...They took forever to show what had happened.

A friend of mines dad was a NASA engineer, and had an experiment on Challenger.

If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2309 times:

I had slept in that morning, since then I didn't have a job, and was taking care of my Grandma in our house.

I do remember waking up and thinking "oh yeah, that teacher goes into space today...what if something happened"?

I got out of bed, maybe two minutes after the explosion. I went to check on grandma, and she was visibly upset-she couldn't speak much by then-and then I looked over at the TV........

I'll never forget that moment.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 2301 times:

Jan 26 1986 ? I was at AFB Grootfontein, in Namibia. I think I saw the news of the Challenger blowing up on TV, I certainly remember the slew of sick military-style jokes that came over the teleprinter network shortly afterwards.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 2290 times:

I was at Ft. Knox, Kentucky - had my trainee platoon at a map reading class. We took longer breaks that day and watched the coverage on the news.

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 2280 times:

I was at Wright-Patterson working LOGAIR on the swing shift. I woke up and turned on the TV right after it happened. I was pretty much glued to the TV until I had to head to work. Nobody at work had heard the news so I broke it to them. A number of folks didn't believe me.....


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 2277 times:

I was in fifth period English class in sixth grade, middle school. In sixth period I was in concert band and our teacher tried to tell us that the Challenger had exploded. She was a real joker (Mrs. Beale) and we didn't really believe her and told her it was the worst joke she had ever tried to pull on us. She just sat there with this sad look on her face and some of us may have actually started to believe she was telling the truth.

In seventh period - science class for me - the Principal made an announcement over the PA. Our teacher, Mrs. Adamson, said we were going to talk about the Challenger disaster and its impact on scientific research and progress for the next two days. I don't know if she did that with all of her classes, but our class was the gifted and talented class, and I think she wanted to let us know that if we wanted to become astronauts or space/astronomy researchers before the explosion, we shouldn't let our dreams die, even if we might face harsh realities.

I think the Challenger explosion was especially hard on teachers because it was Christa McAuliffe's flight. If you were too young or otherwise don't remember, she was a grade school teacher who was selected to be the first civilian aboard a Space Shuttle flight. She trained for two(?) years along with the professional astronauts, essentially becoming an astronaut herself. Mrs. McAuliffe carried with her the aspirations, hopes, and dreams of not only millions of children, but the grateful wishes and hurrahs of thousands of teachers. Hundreds if not thousands of children and teachers watched the Challenger's liftoff for that very reason, and less than two minutes later, watched their dreams evaporate in a seemingly benign puff of white that then rained flaming debris. The video and photos are burned into my own memory, but I wonder how much more it affected those who saw it live.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 2274 times:

One of the things that make the Challenger disaster and it's immediate aftermath memorable in NE Ohio is that when the memorial service was on, with President Reagan leading the mourning, we were struck by, what is for us a large earthquake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter. I was watching the service for the astronauts, and was walking into the kitchen, when I felt the ground shake violently, and the plants my mom had on a hanging shelf were swaying back and forth. My grandma didn't believe it, but local news cut into the service to report that, yes, you weren't imagining things, we had just had an earthquake.

User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2557 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

I was about.... 15 months old.... lol...and living in Saudi Arabia.....


25 Post contains images Klaus : I and a few friends were on our way to a restaurant; We went to pick up another guy and I still vividly remember us all crowding his small room and st
26 PHLBOS : I was working at a Friendly's (during my sophmore semester break) at the time when the manager told us about it when she heard it on the radio. Most o
27 DL021 : I was at Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood when the Challenger exploded. I was in bed at home when a friend called me to tell me to turn on the tele
28 Thom@s : No idea. Thom@s
29 LTBEWR : I was at work, here in NY City. I was in the Mailroom, and a guy who worked there walked into the room to start his day, and said that the shuttle ble
30 Tom in NO : Challenger: At work at our old 6th and Vermont offices of the Los Angeles County Aviation Division. Our director had a TV on his office when the first
31 TriStarEnvy : In Tampa, on a good day, you can see launches from Canaveral, and my not-yet-wife was driving to a college class watching it go up. And since we are p
32 Post contains images Logan22L : I had dropped out of graduate school, and was back living at home. I had just had a job interview a day or so before, and I was waiting to hear about
33 Post contains images JpetekYXMD80 : Newly conceived filler
34 Superfly : I was in 7th grade. We watched it in my 'Computers' class. We used the Radio Shack TRS-80s. They were already outdated by 1986.
35 EMBQA : Challenger - January 28, 1986....On my way home from a College course. Columbia - February 1, 2003....My Dad died the next day, so a lot of that was m
36 Post contains images Leezyjet : I had just got home from school (was 10 at the time) and watched it on John Craven's Newsround on BBC1.
37 Planespotterx : Dont forget a common misconception is that the crew instantly died from the explosion but infact a less-known fact is that they actually died when the
38 VSLover : challenger: was in my parents bedroom watching TV while they were getting ready for work...i was 6 at the time. columbia: i was in my high-rise apt in
39 AAFLT1871 : I was in the 4th grade on a field trip at the White House when she blew up. We had met Nancy Reagan just 10 minutes before it happened. I will never f
40 AGC525 : Challenger - I was home sick from scool in the 4th grade, watched it on TV Columbia - I walked into a VFW in Gettysburg to ask for directions. They sa
41 Redngold : Planespotterx - Parachutes or a shock absorbent cabin might have saved the lives of the Challenger crew, but Columbia was 400,000 miles above the eart
42 Texdravid : I was a senior in high school, and when I got back from lunch, a girl said "The space shuttle blew up!!" I couldn't believe it, even when I went to th
43 Dvk : Challenger: I was an intern checking on my patients in the CCU when the telemetry technician told me what had happened. Columbia: I was on the interst
44 Post contains images Pilotsmoe : umm, lets see... I was two weeks old when the chalenger blew up so I was probably at home in a crib pissing and shitting myself... Colombia- I heard a
45 PROSA : Challenger: I was at work when a co-worker said that the space shuttle had blown up and everyone was dead. It was quite hard to believe, as I had neve
46 Post contains images MxCtrlr : I was working at PA on the ramp when we heard about it in the breakroom. That place got as quiet as a tomb - it was eerie. A bunch of us were hoping t
47 Sunking737 : I was home from work the day Challenger blew up, in Minneapolis, and my future Parents in law were at Kennedy that day to see the launch. They told us
48 LTBEWR : I commented above about the Challanger, which happened just before Noon/ 12:00 EST that day. As to the Columbia, I was home, in my apartment, at my co
49 Dvk : Joan Rivers hosted the Tonight Show the evening the Challenger blew up. I remember it vividly. She showed a gentler, yet still humorous side that I th
50 Post contains images MxCtrlr : DING DING DING DING....We have a winner    Give that man a cheroot! (Another trivia bit, what TV show was that line used on)? I agree that it was o
51 Lekohawk : I'm told I was napping in my crib when Challenger exploded. I was on my way to my high school auditorium to work on the set for You Can't Take it with
52 Bill142 : hmm.. I would have been about 18 months old so... I don't remember at all.. Although I remember Columbia. I remember watching the evening news I think
53 BA380 : Duesseldorf train station. Remember seeing coverage on a tv there.
54 Redngold : The Challenger crew died of massive trauma due to the impact of the cabin with the ocean after a fall from 100,000 ft. The effect was a decelleration
55 J_Hallgren : Challenger: I was at work in Tampa watching it on TV in the conference room with other co-workers...when we saw the explosion, we rushed outside and s
56 Lfutia : Challenger -- Not born. I was born in 87. Columbia -- i was coming home from a 4 hour detention....
57 TriStarEnvy : M*A*S*H...Col. Sherman T. Potter.
58 SFOMEX : School, I guess. But I'm not sure.
59 Concord977 : - For Challenger, I was having lunch in a Wendy's restaurant in Tampa, FL. - For Columbia, I was in downtown Washington, DC attending a meeting.
60 ConcordeBoy : Watching it live with my stepmom. Woke up to see Columbia being mourned on FoxNews.
61 CORULEZ05 : I was not even a year old yet when the Challenger blew up so most likely playing with my nanny or something, completely clueless to what was going on
62 Post contains images ANCFlyer : And nothing has changed . . . . Sorry, but it's a target of opportunity I simply could not pass up. . . . . Edit: Hell, cut me a break, I deleted it
63 777ER : I can safly say that I wasn't on this eath
64 Post contains images MxCtrlr : DING, DING, DING, DING! Yet another winner! MxCtrlr
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