Allstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2904 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.
PacificWestern From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2887 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.
SmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1751 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2871 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)
Beefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2851 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.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 15721 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2848 times:
I guess I'm 'old man of the thread' 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.
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2837 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.
TriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2834 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.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2826 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.
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2805 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.....
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2802 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.
Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2799 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.