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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 01:29 AM
Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, when it exploded 74 seconds into flight, killing all seven crew members. I was in 7th grade in class, and the teacher across the hall from my room came over and told us the space shuttle blew up. It was a real shocker! I remember it like it was yesterday! Where were you when you heard the sad news?

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 01:58 AM
I remember exactly where I was. It was a computer training class for where I was working at the time. Someone came into the room and said "The space shuttle just blew up".

It sort of didnt connect at 1st. I think I said something like "What do you mean the space shuttle blew up? You mean during the fueling or something?"

"No. A couple minutes after lift off."

Thats when it hit me. The 1st thing that popped into my mind was the teacher. I even remember her name. Christa McAuliffe I believe. She seemed so thrilled to be a part of it.

Then I thought of her kids watching in class.

Everything just stopped. We all went to a break room and watched what they were showing on TV. Nobody spoke for the longest time. Some were crying.

And of course they showed the family members of the crew. They were all sitting in those bleachers. They saw it happen.

The next day on the way to work I couldnt figure out why everyone had their lights on. Then I heard on the radio that they asked for people to do that in memory of the astronaughts.

Very sad day indeed.

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 02:27 AM
At work, just starting a freelance job at an advertising agency.

West coast, I think it already happened by time i got to work, which was like 7 or 8 am PST

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 04:53 AM
I'll always remember that day. I am a public school speech pathologist, and I had walked into a first grade class to pull my students. The class was watching the lift off of the shuttle, because of Christa McAuliffe, so I watched with them. When the shuttle exploded, I was in a classroom full of 6 and 7 year old children. I'll never forget the looks on their faces. It was a very sad day.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 05:26 AM
that was a sad day. i remember it being very cold that night because
i went and saw STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN &DOUBLE TROUBLE
in athens,georgia. the events of that day were tragic and
did put a damper on things. there are more important things
than a concert in this life.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 07:11 AM
I was on a job interview in Long Beach, CA. My roommate watched it on TV. He worked the the graveyard shift and had just got home and turned on the TV to watch the shuttle launch. It was a very tragic day.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 07:22 AM
I was in a class, English Colloquium II (literature-based substitute for Composition-II). That would have been the 2nd quarter of my Freshman year of college. Two students - who happened to dating and were always together - came to class a bit late and told us what had happened.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 07:50 AM
You know, as I read the title of this thread, I have to admit I had skipped over it a couple of times thinking "Ten years ago"? who knows?... Then I opened it and saw the Space shuttle mentioned and it all came back to me. I lived On P.B. Drive in Pacific Beach, Ca. about 5 blocks from the Ocean and abot 2 blocks from Sail Bay. I mention this because we lived in a Party House. We had a 3 bedroom ,2 Bath, Full bar, Breakfast nook, Parking, Garage, laundry and a commanding view of the Bay. I had the Master Bedroom/Bath and my rent was $300. It was Party Central. If I remember Correctly, this happened fairly early on the West Coast and the night before we had had our annual Toga Party. There were people still up drinking when the Shuttle launched, sheets, wreaths, name tags and all. For the 10 or so still up, there were another 15-20 passed out throughout the House, togas and all. My roomate, King... beat on my door until I got up to let him in. "Throw on your robe and come out into the Living room, The Shuttle blew up"! I put on some jeans and sprinted out to the living room where all had congregated, sheets, wreaths, name tags and all... to watch this horribly sad event on the TV. The Network kept showing the Video and speculating about the possibility of anyone having survived. I'll never forget how quiet that huge living room was as all of my fellow celebrants were now ghastly silent and absloutely stunned as we remained glued to the TV. We all just sat there, and after awhile most finally came to the realization that the party was over. Talk about an embedded memory of a very sad day.

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 08:05 AM
Driving east bound on Rt80 enroute to Montclair State for my morning classes.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 08:38 AM
I attended Lakeland Highlands Junior High in Lakeland, Fl. . They would let us out of class to see shuttle launches . Lakeland is roughly 120 miles southwest of the cape , but you could clearly see the ball of fire and smoke trails when a shuttle was launched .

That particular day , I remember noticing the smoke trails taking the shape of a snail's head which struck me as odd , but I really thought nothing of it . As soon as I walked back into the school , I remember one of the assistant principals crying . Soon after that , they announced over the intercom that Challenger had exploded . It gave me a really odd feeling . I was 13 at the time , and had never experienced anything like it .

I haven't thought of it in a long time , thanks for reminding us of the anniversary .

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 09:39 AM
I remember i was driving to Louisville from my home in Nashville. It was a very surreal time.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 09:51 AM
6th grade English class. Someone came in and said the Shuttle exploded. We ran to the library and watched.

 

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I was 30 years old, working that day. I remember seeing it on TV. I thought about the parents being there and some idiot TV reporter asking them about their feelings as the shuttle exploded. It was a terrible, tragic incident.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 09:54 AM
Senior year of high school in Gov't class
We had a tv at the time for news, and there it was in all the destruction

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 09:59 AM
I was at work and one of the engineers had a TV in his office and was watching when the Challenger exploded. Needless to say, when he told us what had just happen, we all wandered in and out of his office and not lot of work got done afterwards. Very sad day
 
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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 10:14 AM
I remember that day very clearly. I was working on Wall Street at the time.....remember the news coming across the ticker...it was surreal. The TV news played and re-played and re-played video of the explosion...it was sickening, and the memory of that just stuck in my head forever.

When the tragedy of 911 happened, I decided NOT to watch the continual footage, day after day after day....bad enough seeing it once, and knowing...all that devastating loss....no need to drum it in constantly.



 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 10:23 AM
In my office, having an early lunch watching it all on TV. Stunning,to say the least. I remember my assistant coming in and immediatley bursting into tears at the site. Watching it live, much like 911 is so surreal. Needless to say, the rest of the day nothing got done and we all left early. What a tragedy.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 10:30 AM


I was at my desk working in Austin, TX...A co-worker from the other room said, "God, the shuttle just blew up." My initial feeling of what he meant was that it was on the pad, with nobody aboard. Something like that. Then we watched what happened and I couldn't believe what I was seeing..

And I still remember the great speech that Reagan gave, about the astronauts "Touching the face of God."

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 10:39 AM
???????????? I've Got no idea......

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 10:47 AM
I was home watching it live on TV. What I remember the most was after the explosion they focused on the parents and the sister of Christine. The parents had a look on their face like they weren't sure what had happened, almost like they weren't sure anything was really wrong.... but the sister was already hysterical crying...she knew right away. Till this day that scene is so vivid in my mind.
It was a sad day, but I still felt a sense of being proud for them. It was a strange mix of emotions.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 11:05 AM
I was working for Piggly Wiggly grocery store that day. Tuesday's were usually a slow day for us so there wasn't much going on. My wife called me up & told me about the tragic event. I turned on the radio, got the details & let everyone else in the store know what's going on. Spent the rest of the afternoon in shock....

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 11:05 AM
I quit a long-term job and went back to school (college) in 1985. On this date in 1986 I was heading into the student union during a break in classes and saw a group of people surrounding the TV's. We all stood there in horrified silence watching this unfold.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 11:09 AM
I was in third grade, MY teacher cut the TV on and had set it up for us to watch the shuttle Launch, I still remember watching and wondering. The main reason we were watching as a class was that Robert Mcnair one of the Astronauts was from Lake City Here in South Carolina

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 11:12 AM
I have watched recent launches with my kdis and the words "go with throttle up" still bring chills

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 12:01 PM
Eleventh grade. My "homeroom" that year was no longer the classroom with other students. I was required to report to the Vice Principle's (Dr. Martin's) office every morning (in an attempt to keep me around the schoolhouse, I suppose).

Dr. Martin was good enough to flip the t.v. on the office media cart so's I could watch.

All my aspirations of one day becoming an aeronautical and space engineer were dashed in an instant.

 
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