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Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:16 am

The Space Shuttle Challenger happened 21 years ago today. One of those events I remember watching it on tv as it happened ... just like many of you.

On a brighter note ... the "back up" teacher in space ... Barbara Morgan is scheduled to go into orbit this June to carry out the lessons that McAuliffe had planned ... and I personally think that's awesome.



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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:23 am

I had just moved to L.A. a couple of months prior, so I was still getting settled and wasn't working yet, so I was at home watching the liftoff on CNN. Unbelievable, 21 years already.

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
the "back up" teacher in space ... Barbara Morgan is scheduled to go into orbit this June to carry out the lessons that McAuliffe had planned

Interesting, hadn't heard that.
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:37 am

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
On a brighter note ... the "back up" teacher in space ... Barbara Morgan is scheduled to go into orbit this June to carry out the lessons that McAuliffe had planned ... and I personally think that's awesome.

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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:53 am

My God, I can remember that like it happened yesterday. The weird thing for me personally was I was really into the Shuttle Program (still am) and I never missed a launch. Funny thing that day was that I totally forgot about it, until breaking news appeared on the TV. The other thing was I was living in Pompano Beach at the time (FLL suburb) and we could see the launched from our house if the weather was clear enough. - I never thought to go outside and look at the aftermath.
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:00 am

The Challenger accident was certainly one of those events where you remember what you were doing and where you were....

I remember watching the tube and hoping for a RTLS.... Then hearing a report of chutes hoping that someone got out even though I knew Challenger didn't have ejection seats (IIRC turned out to be a frustrum coming down on a drogue)... and then the endless, mindnumbing replays of the aerodynamic breakup. I'm glad I had to work that afternoon or I'd have spent the whole day watching the news....
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:12 am

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
The Space Shuttle Challenger happened 21 years ago today. One of those events I remember watching it on tv as it happened ... just like many of you.

I was just settling down to watch The Two Ronnies on BBC1 when it broke over to the news to report it had gone missing.
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:34 am

I was watching it on TV at work with a number of co-workers in Tampa...when we saw the break-up, we rushed outside and saw the various contrails going all over the place...still remember that clearly...some people started sobbing and it was a very hard day to get any work done, as we kept checking on TV and listening to radio...
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:49 am

A terrible week for NASA.

Apollo 1
Challenger
Columbia

Even with the loss of these explorers, their death will always mean something. Their deaths have led to major improvements in Space Exploration that allow all those that follow to safely return to their families. They will always be remembered for sacrificing their lives for the greater good.

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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:38 pm

I was there in Titusville in middle school freezing my butt off in what I considered cold at the time watching it happen live outside. The schools in Brevard County would always ring the fire alarm bells and we would file outside to watch the launch. They quickly shuffled us back inside once it happened and we spent pretty much the rest of the day watching the news on a couple of TVs in the cafeteria.

A day or two later I was selected by the teachers to be one of the students to plant a treee in honor of one of the astronauts in the courtyard area of the school. I planted my tree for Dick Scobee and came across the yearbook the other day that has pictures of the event with me holding onto the tree. I haven't been back to that school since 1992 but I remember then that tree had gotten huge in just the 6 years so it has to be gigantic by now.

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
One of those events I remember watching it on tv as it happened ... just like many of you.

Only it most likely wasn't exactly live. What you saw was probably tape delayed by a few minutes as almost all broadcast networks weren't carrying the feed live on TV and cut to the tape once it happened. The Shuttle had kind of run its course at that point, despite McAuliffe being onboard, in the same vein of Apollo 13 not getting primetime coverage until the problems happened.

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
the "back up" teacher in space ... Barbara Morgan

Was she the original back-up teacher or have they gotten a new one given the 21 years between Challenger and now?
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:44 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 8):
Was she the original back-up teacher or have they gotten a new one given the 21 years between Challenger and now?

She was the original backup. Stayed in contact with NASA all these years, became a regular mission specialist astronaut vs. a spaceflight participant as Christa was, and is just now taking her rookie flight. Should be a good human interest story about the time she launches
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RE: Challenger -- 21 Years Ago

Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:30 pm

I remember it clearly as well... it happened on my 15th birthday. My sister and I were home sick from school that day and walked outside our Daytona Beach home with our parents to watch the shuttle launch, as I had never missed one yet. My Dad said something was wrong then the neighbor came out screaming and sobbing "the GD thing blew up" over and over. So we walked inside and watched the news, very sad. I have 2 uncles that work at the Cape and as an aviation fan had astronaut patches/pictures/etc. all over the room. Very sad loss for NASA and the nation.
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