Hard to believe it was 30 years ago today that the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster happened.
One of those days where if you were born and able to remember where you were you will never forget.
My Wife and infant Son had just landed in Newark, New Jersey, to visit her Aunt and Uncle and were walking from the gate to baggage claim (yes ssindc there was a time when I checked luggage ) when I saw all these people huddled near a TV in the corner of a bar. I was absolutely stunned when one of them told me what had occurred. How I thought, how could this have happened.
Where were you when you heard the news of Challenger exploding?
What a thoughtful post, IAHFLYR. I was not yet born when this event took place, so I only know it from past news clips and videos. Regardless, my heart breaks every time I see it.
Just remembered we took this in Arlington National Cemetery a few years ago.
And then Columbia on February 1, 2003.
From January 28th the Challenger accident, January 31st, Alaska 261 crashing out of control into the Pacific Ocean off Pt. Hueneme, California, to the February 1st, Columbia accident. Not a very good five day span over the years.
I have also been to the Arlington memorials. Very simple but moving monuments to people who gave everything to push the "final frontier" if I can quote Star Trek. It's too bad that both of the shuttle accidents happened as they could have been easily avoided with better NASA decision making.
IAHFLYR, I was a Navy helicopter pilot in San Diego. I came out of a training simulator, and the tech told us about it. Didn't believe him. Couldn't be true. Then I was glued to the tv for the rest of the day.
I was still a couple months from being born! But as the disaster had Hawaii's first astronaut aboard, it receives quite a bit of attention in schools locally.
But the stories we have been taught in school, have been covered in the media, aren't exactly what happened. A lot of rather depressing/gruesome details have been left out, though the reason behinds doing so were very valid. The remains of OV-099 are now entombed at Launch Complex 31B at Cape Canaveral.
kharada46 "The remains of OV-099 are now entombed at Launch Complex 31B at Cape Canaveral"... Did not know about this
gatilla007, there's a lot more gruesome info that can be learned with a little searching, but I'll spare this discussion of that. Though the Discovery Channel special When We Left Earth has astronauts like Story Muscrave talking a little bit about what actually happened.