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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:03 AM

I was sitting in advance biology class in high school teacher rolled in a TV for us to watch the launch of the Challenger space shuttle. We were going to watch history, the first civilian-teacher to go into space.

Little did our teacher or we know what was going to unfold.


January 28, 1986- Challenger space shuttle explosion on ascent.




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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:10 AM

Was floating on a ship in the Carribean

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:11 AM

I was only a year old on that day.
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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:13 AM

I remember well. Same deal, we were watching at school.
It was one of those moment that the entire country struggled with.
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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:46 AM

I remember it well!

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:52 AM

I can't remember where I was, but likely out on the farm doing chores.  I was 27yrs old then, and when I came in the house, it was all over the news.  It took me back to the JFK assassination where the entire country was in shock.  Time stood still.

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:54 AM

I had just transferred to a SAR unit on shore duty and my last assignment.

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:57 AM

I was at work and heard it on the radio.  Fortunately was spared the trauma of watching it happen live on t.v.  I remember Christina Macauliffe being a celbrity.  Imagine, a high school history teacher is a national hero... seems like teachers are being blamed for everything now.  What a difference 30 years make...


I would just like to say, looking at the Crew photograph, the diversity of the people on board.  Sure, mostly white guys (who could afford college back then), but there's a black guy (can i still say that?), oriental looking guy, and 2 women, all looking happy...  nobody seems like a "token" in that crew.


I remember the commercials on t.v. in the 60s/70s it was all about hands together around the world, all colors/genders etc.   Even many t.v. shows up to the 80s was a mix of races.  Now it just seems like everyone is at everyone else's throat for cheap "comedy" or so-called "entertainment" in the political arena. 


No more diversity, now it is division.  Everyone blaming everyone else for the world's problems.  rant over.  thank you.


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 10:31 AM

I remember it well. I was at work at the Onan engine factory in Huntsville Alabama. It had a great impact on the Huntsville area as a NASA facility is located at Redstone base in Huntsville.
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Posted January 28, 2016 - 10:46 AM

We can argue about who was the best, CBEEs, RANGERS, etc. but when I was in the NAVY the "astronauts" were the

BEST of the BEST period, (most came up through the USAF)

I think that she was the first civilian to ever go up and everybody truly felt it was safe. What a tragedy over simple "O-rings" not being up to snuff for the job. Next time I get in a discussion about somebody wanting to "cut corners" at work I'll try to remember to use this story.

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 10:58 AM

I was 1 day away from being 2! My mom had it in TV and watched it. I was oblivous
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Posted January 28, 2016 - 11:41 AM

I was driving home from work and listening to the radio  they stop the music ,to announce what happen... and i remember were i was on the road , the road  is now 4 lanes  and alot of commercial buildings.



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Posted January 28, 2016 - 01:03 PM

I truly can't remember where I was.The 80s were a big blurr of underage drinking,parties,girl chasing,MTV and having the munchies most of the time in no specific order.Oh did I mention I was extremely hyperactive as a teenager?

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 01:15 PM

I was in college at the time.

I was sitting in the Pretlow Planetarium doing Chem homework and watching the launch on the monitor in the office.


I don't think I went to class that night, I just went home.

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 02:04 PM

South bound on Highway 19 from St. Pete to Bradenton on the up-ramp Skyway Bridge with son.  Had a picture perfect front row seat, well, from that distance. Remember telling him, "wow, that's what it looks like on take off!", Didn't know what we had seen until entering the Radio Shack store and they had all their screens on.