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19 yrs ago today, the Challenger Exploded

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LoKyBuckeye, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    I read this on another board and I thought it was interesting. It's like the JFK assassination... everyone remembers where they were when it happened or where they were when they heard about it. I remember being class (3rd grade I think) and we gathered together with other classes to watch it take off... and then it happen. I remember everyone just sitting there shocked.

    19 yrs ago today, the Challenger Exploded

    January 28, 1986

    At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger's launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

    Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.

    In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world's first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth. When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider. Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments. The Challenger disaster was the first major shuttle accident.

    In the aftermath of the explosion, President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to determine what went wrong with Challenger and to develop future corrective measures. The presidential commission was headed by former secretary of state William Rogers, and included former astronaut Neil Armstrong and former test pilot Chuck Yeager. The investigation determined that the explosion was caused by the failure of an "O-ring" seal in one of the two solid-fuel rockets. The elastic O-ring did not respond as expected because of the cold temperature at launch time, which began a chain of events that resulted in the massive explosion. As a result of the explosion, NASA did not send astronauts into space for more than two years as it redesigned a number of features of the space shuttle.

    In September 1988, space shuttle flights resumed with the successful launching of the Discovery. Since then, the space shuttle has carried out numerous important missions, such as the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station. To date, there have been more than 100 space shuttle flights.
  2. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    I was only five years old at the time, but I still remember watching that on TV.
  3. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    my one friend from high school was there when it happened. she was 5.
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    5th grade...Jefferson Elementary School. Mr. Durant's class. Watched it on TV
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2008
  5. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    I was in 4th grade-I remember my mom picked me up from school and mentioned to me that the shuttle exploded. I remember watching the replays on TV, but I was too young to have it make much of an emotional impact on me.
  6. BrutusMaximus

    BrutusMaximus I Heart Boobs

    Same here, I do remember watching it, I musta been in like 2nd grade. Kinda feel like an ass, cause I believe I thought it was cool at the time, and then we spent months telling jokes about it. Remember the joke about Christa and Dandruff?
  7. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    yeah... we were mean as kids :)
  8. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    I watched it live during lunch From Silver Sands Junior High in Port Orange, FL. I was standing outside watching it go up and then we saw the fork in the trail. We ran in and told Mr. Tipton (shop teacher) that the shuttle did something wierd. He turned on the TV and we watched the coverage for the next two hours.

    I remember it like it was yesterday.
  9. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    Many of you are youngsters.

    I was in Birmingham and had accepted a new job.
    Was in my apartment packing up that day.
    All I had left unpacked was my TV and my bed.
    I was on my way to Florida.


    As we are all aware, kids aren't the only mean ones.
    Thanks for posting the reminder.
  10. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I was home from school sick that day and turned on the TV right after it happened. Amazing how it still resonates.

    I was at a staff retreat a couple of years ago and our facilitator was doing a thing on generations. He mentioned some of the things that different generations identify with. I remember him mentioning Kennedy getting shot (way before my time) and the Challenger blowing up. You wonder what it will be for future generations.

    Judy Resnik was from Akron.
  11. mccoy178

    mccoy178 Class of '01

    I was in 2nd grade when another teacher came into our class crying. That was the first time I had seen that kind of emotion from a teacher. I always wondered growing up what it would of been like to live through some of the things older generations had, then 9/11 happened and I thank God I didn't. It took me a long time to realize how dramatic individual moments in time-past had changed my life, and it took a horrible tragedy like that in my lifetime to see how instantly normal life changes as we know it and society is directed down a different path. The next generation will wonder what it would be like to experience such an event and I hope they don't have to.
  12. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    I can remeber being in the fourth grade. we were about ready to turn it on, it was being made a big deal because on of our teachers had actually been on the list of canidates to be the one on the shuttle. And she was there watching it in person. We hadn't turned it on yet and another teacher came over and he was like the shuttle just blew up. My teacher was like crap, thinking we had missed it taking off....not relizing he meant no it blew up. she turned it on and we saw it over and over. Probally one of the first true memories that I have. I took a class a few years ago at OSU. The rhetoric of disaster, We each had to pic a different disaster. I was able to get the challenger explosion. Pretty interesting class
  13. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty You'll have nothing and like it

    Man, I did not realize how old I am. I was walking out of Smith Labs from physics class and heard it on my walkman. I blew off the rest of my classes and went back to my apt. and watched on TV.
  14. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    I had a teacher i absolutely hated in 7th grade, and she had a certificate on the wall for applying for the teacher in space/making it as one the finalists in Ohio, whatever. I got really mad one day and told her it was a real shame she didn't get selected. Needless to say, my parents were not pleased when I got home that day......
  15. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    Yeah. And the one about what NASA stands for and Christa's eyes being blue. We were evil.

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