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    73 seconds into flight.....(Challenger Disaster)

    This was one of the "do you remember where you were at when it happened" things.
    I think I was in third grade. we were at recess playing football.....
    Teachers called us in and told us what had happened.
    crazy.






    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...,1615805.story

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For many, no single word evokes as much pain.

    Challenger.

    A quarter-century later, images of the exploding space shuttle still signify all that can go wrong with technology and the sharpest minds. The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — a scant 73 seconds into flight, nine miles above the Atlantic for all to see — remains NASA's most visible failure.

    It was the world's first high-tech catastrophe to unfold on live TV. Adding to the anguish was the young audience: School children everywhere tuned in that morning to watch the launch of the first schoolteacher and ordinary citizen bound for space, Christa McAuliffe.


    She never made it.

    McAuliffe and six others on board perished as the cameras rolled, victims of stiff O-ring seals and feeble bureaucratic decisions.

    It was, as one grief and trauma expert recalls, "the beginning of the age when the whole world knew what happened as it happened.

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    Was at home, watching it on tv. Day off.


    We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."


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    I remember it like it was yesterday. I was at Jenks East Elementary, Mrs. Hightower's class. We were walking to the cafeteria and a kid came running by and said the shuttle just blew up.

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    Sitting at home with the flu, freshman year HS, flipping through channels on TV. Just sat in disbelief all day watching the news coverage.

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    Third grade in Colorado Springs. They announced it over the intercom. Can't believe I remember that.

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    Second grade. Sitting in class another teacher came in and told our teacher so she turned on the tv and both started crying. What was crazy was there was a jet that broke the sound barrier around the same time and people for a long time thought that the explosion they heard was the shuttle exploding. All we did the whole day was watch the news.

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    Fifth grade, watching it on TV in our class room. Unbelievable.

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    I wasn't born yet, so I didn't know a whole lot about this. I looked at a slideshow on msnbc about the event, and man it was really sad. I can't even imagine how that teacher's family must have felt. Very, very sad.

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    I was in 2nd grade in Muskogee. They brought our class into the library to watch it. I just remember thinking what the hell just happened. Messed up thing about it was that it had already happened and the teachers knew it exploded. I guess they wanted us to see it for some reason. Still not sure why

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    4th grade. Mr. Willis' class. We were all sitting cross-legged on the floor, gathered around the TV, watching the live broadcast.

    Just a year or 2 earlier, my family took a vacation down there, and I got to see a shuttle sitting on the launch-pad, waiting launch the next week. I was totally in love with all things NASA. Watched it go up with sheer joy, then... Even as a 4th grader, I understood what I just saw and knew I would never forget it. Mr Willis left the TV on for a bit, as we continued to watch no one said a word. Eventually he turned it off and we tried (failed) to get back to our classwork.

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    Originally Posted by BigHeadSmashStuff
    I was in 2nd grade in Muskogee. They brought our class into the library to watch it. I just remember thinking what the hell just happened. Messed up thing about it was that it had already happened and the teachers knew it exploded. I guess they wanted us to see it for some reason. Still not sure why
    same here. we watched the news reports for most of the day.
    not sure why they wanted us to see it. I guess just because it was a major tragedy.

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    It was quite surreal watching it live. They suddenly lost contact with the astronauts, there was a puff of smoke, looked like an explosion, but nobody was sure. The commentators kept saying something had gone wrong, but still nobody knew. They kept showing the faces of the families in the audience and it was clear they were confused and worried. FINALLY, word started filtering through the crowd that the shuttle had blown up. The faces went from confusion to shock and horror. Then the pieces started falling back to the ground, most of them into the ocean and it was all shown on television. Just an overwhelming tragedy played out in front of a huge live audience. I'll never forget it....so sad. I have to say that Reagan's speech after the tragedy was simply epic.

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    The Reagan speech was amazing.

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    Challenger Disaster: 25 Years Later

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...e_disaste.html

    "This report originally appeared in the Jan. 29, 1986 edition of the Daily News -- the day following the space shuttle disaster."

    Man's dream of conquering space died a little yesterday.

    In a boiling maelstrom of flame, the shuttle Challenger disintegrated 72 seconds into a flight from Cape Canaveral, killing teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first "citizen in space," and her six astronaut companions.

    America's ambitious venture to reach beyond our world suddenly became more costly, and President Reagan and the nation mourned the loss of "seven heroes."

    "This is truly a national loss," Regan said in a national eulogy after cancelling his planned State of the Union address last night. "We mourn seven heroes ... who escaped the surly bounds of Earth to touch the face of God."

    It was the first in-flight disaster in the 25-year, 56-launch history of the U.S. space program -- and the worst recorded disaster for either the Americans or the Soviets.

    NASA immediately suspended its ambitious 1986 shuttle schedule until it can determine why Challenger exploded.

    "We're obviously not going to pick any flight activity until we fully understand what the circumstances were relative to the launch," Jesse Moore, associate administrator for space flight, said at Cape Canaveral.

    Moore declined to speculate about how long an investigation might take.

    One area of concern was the amount of ice that formed on the launch pad before the takeoff.

    Temperatures plunged to a low of 24 degrees overnight and the wind chill at the top of the 250-foot launch tower reached 10 below zero. Water systems were left running to keep lines open. Icicles then formed at various places on the pad.

    The countdown leading to tragic launch was put on hold about 9:08 a.m. and resumed two hours later following inspections of the ice by a team of specialists.

    One of the victims, McAuliffe, was a high school social studies teacher in Concord, N.H., who had been chosen from 11,146 teachers to become the first "ordinary" citizen in space.

    Another victim was physicist Ronald McNair, whose father Carl operated an automobile body repair shop in Harlem until about eight months ago.

    McAuliffe, 37, had planned to give two 15-minute lessons from space, with the PBS public television network beaming them to 25 million students in schools from Florida to Canada and Alaska. Her husband, Steven, and children, Scott, 9, and Caroline, 6, were watching from a VIP stand at the launch site, with Christa's parents, Edward and Grace Corrigan.

    As Challenger exploded into a boiling ball of flame, the Corrigans grabbed each other, but it was not until several seconds later that they appeared to understand what had happened.

    Francis Scobee, 46, was the commander of the planned six-day flight, which had intended to release and retrieve one satellite to study Haley's comet and to launch another satellite that would become part of the space communications network.

    Other members of the doomed crew were co-pilot Michael Smith, 40, Judith Resnik, 36, Ellison Onizuka, 39, and satellite engineer Gregory Jarvis, 41.

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration refused to predict the disaster's impact on the U.S. space program, beyond saying that it would temporarily suspend all flights.

    The last flight of Challenger started in the usual flawless, spectacular fashion:

    The gleaming craft, one of four in the NASA shuttle fleet, had risen from Launch Pad 39-B at 11:38 a.m. after five postponements caused by freezing weather and technical glitches.

    SMOOTH CLIMB

    It was climbing smoothly, trailing a spectacular but normal 700-foot geyser of fire, when suddenly it erupted into a huge boiling ball of fire and shot out of control.

    The news sent shock waves around the world.

    Reagan was presiding over a meeting in the Oval Office when aides rushed in to tell him of the Challenger disaster. He watched a replay on an office television set, then announced that he was postponing his State of the Union Address, which had been slated for last night, for one week. Reagan also ordered Vice President Bush to fly to Cape Canaveral to lead the investigation.

    The flight was the 10th for the workhorse Challenger and the 25th shuttle flight, and its loss was the worst setback for NASA since the first Apollo moon capsule burned as it sat on its launching pad during a simulated liftoff 19 years and one day ago. Killed in that explosion were astronauts Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Edward White 2d and Roger B. Chaffee.

    FLIGHTS CANCELED

    Amid confusion over the future of the space program, Reagan said that he was sure that NASA would launch no missions pending the outcome of the Challenger investigation. This might take a year or longer, some experts said.

    NASA said the Challenger mission seemed entirely normal until one minute, 12 seconds after launch, when the shuttle had reached a speed of 1,977 miles per hour -- three times the speed of sound. At that point, it was 10.4 miles up and eight miles offshore.

    Mission control in Houston told the shuttler "Challenger, go at throttle-up" an order to switch to full power. Scobee increased power to the main engines and, in his words, said, "Roger, go throttle-up."

    Suddenly, the spacecraft was engulfed in a ball of flame.

    On a slow-motion video re-run of the explosion, it was difficult to determine the source of the explosion. But closeups of the doomed craft clearly showed that the huge fuel tank filled with more than 525,000 gallons of volatile liquid hydrogen and oxygen propellant, ruptured and tore Challenger into many pieces.

    BOOSTERS FLY OFF

    After the explosion, the two solid fuel booster rockets -- capable of 2.6 million pounds of thrust -- separated and continued to fly crazily out of control in the clear blue sky, trailing long tails of smoke as they plunged into the sea.

    A voice on public address system at mission control said, "Flight controllers here are looking very carefully at the situation, obviously a major malfunction."

    "We have no down link," he added, meaning that there was no communication from the orbiter.

    After a 40-second pause, he said: "We have a report from the flight dynamics officer that the vehicle exploded. (The) flight director confirms that we are out looking at checking with the recovery forces to see what can be done."

    Debris raining down from the $1.2 billion craft, which exploded at an altitude of just over $54,000 feet, prevented rescue squads from entering the area for an hour, a Defense Department spokesman said.

    Mission control reported that the spacecraft had exploded and fallen into bits in the Atlantic in an area about 18 miles off Cape Canaveral and that ships and planes were en route.

    Shortly after the explosion, the House of Representatives held a moment of silence to honor those on the shuttle. Chaplain James David Ford led members in a prayer -- "May your spirit, oh Lord, be with them."

    Unlike the shuttle Columbia during its first flights at the dawn of the shuttle era, Challenger was not equipped with ejection seats or other ways for the crew to get out of the spacecraft. Not that it would have made any difference, said experts who saw the explosion.

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    Great Post man..

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    I was on a tractor when I heard the news.

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    I was about 6 months old. So I was probably either eating, sleeping or pooping.

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    Reagan was such a great orator. My favorite President.

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    I was in first grade, and our teacher brought us down to the media center to watch it. Lots of tears by the teachers that day. Us kids where really to young to realize what was going on.

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    Originally Posted by fdubzou
    I was about 6 months old. So I was probably either eating, sleeping or pooping.

    Really? For some reason I pictured you as a 40 something.

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    Lots of youngsters here.... I was in my freshman year of college at SWOSU. I had just come back to the trailer I lived in and turned on the TV just in time to watch it live.

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    I was in my third year of high school watching it live... !!!

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    Lots of youngsters here! I was a Freshman too. I was at work that morning, so I didnt get to see any highlights or footage until I got off work. Sad day for sure.

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    Lived in Casselberry, FL (suburb of Orlando) and was in 7th grade. We used to watch all the launches as the Cape wasn't all that far away. Night time launches were the most spectacular. On the day of the Challenger explosion our whole school went out to the soccer fields to watch the launch. I remember seeing the contrail split in two and thinking to myself, "that's weird, I've never seen that happen." We all went back to class and when I got back to the room our teacher was crying. At that point I knew something terrible had happened. Couldn't sleep for several days after thought. Very sad and remember it like it was yesterday.

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    My senior year at OU... was getting ready for class at my apartment on Brooks (Highland Park?) when my GF (now my wife of 25 years) came in and told me to come out and watch what happened on TV...

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    My senior year of high school....I just sat down to eat a salad at the school cafeteria. And of course, there were TV's everywhere for all of us to watch the launch. When the Challenger exploded, you could hear a pin drop. Such a sad, sad day.

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    Originally Posted by the-rover View Post
    Lots of youngsters here.... I was in my freshman year of college at SWOSU. I had just come back to the trailer I lived in and turned on the TV just in time to watch it live.
    Yeah, no kidding.

    I was a few months shy of 30. I was a landman for a small company in Tulsa and I was in an exploration meeting when my secretary interrupted the meeting to tell us.

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    junior at ou...
    we watched the coverage at the afrotc detachment.....

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    Originally Posted by ElGuapoSooner View Post
    Lived in Casselberry, FL (suburb of Orlando) and was in 7th grade. We used to watch all the launches as the Cape wasn't all that far away. Night time launches were the most spectacular. On the day of the Challenger explosion our whole school went out to the soccer fields to watch the launch. I remember seeing the contrail split in two and thinking to myself, "that's weird, I've never seen that happen." We all went back to class and when I got back to the room our teacher was crying. At that point I knew something terrible had happened. Couldn't sleep for several days after thought. Very sad and remember it like it was yesterday.
    From Titusville originally. Grandfather worked for NASA. Night shots were so, so cool. I had already moved to Okla tho by then. Was in 4th grade science class. The whole school was watching it live because of the teacher. Pretty sad deal.

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    Student #1: Did you know Christa McAuliffe had dandruff?

    Student #2: How did they know that?

    Student #1: They found her head and shoulders washed up on the beach.


    Yeah, I was in middle school watching in my science class.
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    4th grade at Wiley Post.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the 2nd runner up teacher from Oklahoma?

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    Originally Posted by keefsmangledfingers View Post
    Student #1: Did you know Christa McAuliffe had dandruff?

    Student #2: How did they know that?

    Student #1: They found her head and shoulders washed up on the beach.


    Yeah, I was in middle school watching in my science class.
    christa mcauliffe to her husband the morning of the disaster...

    "you feed the kids and the dog and i'll feed the fish"..
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    I was in kindergarten... Principal came over the loudspeaker and let us know... I still remember my teacher crying.

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    I was in Seattle on a business trip. A secretary interrupted the meeting I was in with the news and we adjourned to the media room and watched it all unfold for a couple of hours. Never did finish our meeting.

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    Remember it well.... I was in 3rd grade, and was in "P.E.A.K." there were 2 full classrooms, that they had brought in our room to watch live. Not really sure we all understood what swas relaly going on.

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    Yesterday was also the anniversary of the Apollo 1 accident and this Friday will be the 10th anniversary of losing the shuttle Columbia.
    May we always remember those 17 men and women as we continue our journey to the stars.
    Per ardua ad astra.

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    I was about 3

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    I was driving home from work when I heard it on the radio. Then went and watched that continuous loop of the events on CNN over and over again.

    I still like how CNN handled it. No commentary, just showed the footage over and over.

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    73 seconds into flight.....(Challenger Disaster)

    I was in 6th grade and our classes gathered to watch the footage. Part of me thinks we were watching the launch and saw the horrific tragedy.

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    Sitting in my office looking at well logs.

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    Was not alive yet.

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    I was -5 years old

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    I was a month and a half old.

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    5th grade watching it in class.
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    What about Columbia? I was working at Costco, in electronics, watching it as it happened.



    Originally Posted by 87sooner View Post
    christa mcauliffe to her husband the morning of the disaster...

    "you feed the kids and the dog and i'll feed the fish"..
    What color were here eyes? Blue. One blue this way and one blue that way.

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    Was 4yo so not sure

    Nonetheless watching it live or after the fact it is still dramatic and stunning however many years it might be after the fact


    Thanks for posting

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    Challenger - in the office
    Columbia - at the gym on a treadmill

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    Challenger: I was in fourth grade English class when the school announced it over the loud speaker.
    Columbia: Getting ready to head to work.

    I think the reason people remember the Challenger disaster more is one, people watch a launch more than landings and two, there was a first in having a teacher on board.
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