Remembering the Challenger Crew

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    The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

    In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.

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    1. ursonate 62 months ago | reply

      i remember this so well. my social studies teacher at the time had competed to be the first teacher in space. it was so shocking to see on tv and then to see him in class later. one of our schools was renamed after McAuliffe eventually.

    2. Hans van den Broek - Crowdedhousenl 62 months ago | reply

      R.I.P. these 7 astronauts...pioneers in space

    3. KIMMIEnFLORIDA 62 months ago | reply

      I was watching too from work...definitely a I remember where I was moment....a very very sad day....

    4. spieri_sf 62 months ago | reply

      I was just 9 years old and still living in East Germany, but I remember this moment very well and the state of shock that I was in.

    5. kathy koch 62 months ago | reply

      Honoring those that risked so much.

    6. Pete's Pics. 62 months ago | reply

      Nice tribute!
      R.I.P.

    7. Miggy 100 ( not on here much) 62 months ago | reply

      Thank you for remembering them and showing us R.I.P.

    8. JC Shamrock 61 months ago | reply

      Terrible day that I remember clearly. Watching it live in 5th grade. May they rest in peace.

    9. Don Nash II 61 months ago | reply

      I remembering showing up to class that morning in my NJROTC uniform. (Navy) That day was a drill day and our Naval science instructor told me to arrange a detail to take the US flag down on the school lawn to half Staff. It was a surreal moment after I learned the reason why. I was a huge aviation and shuttle fan and was shocked and saddened by the news as we carried out the detail. I was 16 in the 11th grade at the time.

    10. Chungking Express 61 months ago | reply

      I remember that day. Senior year of high school, a couple weeks shy of my 18th birthday. I was on lunch hour, hanging out with a few friends in the band room. One of them had a radio plugged in to his ear for some reason, and mentioned that the space shuttle had exploded. I remember simply not believing him. I also think I initially didn't understand that he meant it had exploded *after* launch. There was no internet then, of course, and no easily accessible televisions during lunch, so for the better part of an hour I wasn't sure what to believe. Maybe there had been some mistake. But then in 5th period the teacher had a TV brought into the room and we all watched. It was really hard not to cry right there in class.

    11. giant bit [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

      Remember this well.....may God bless them always!

    12. Itinerant Wanderer 61 months ago | reply

      R.I.P. the brave crew of the Challenger.

    13. corneliweb 61 months ago | reply

      With Respect.

    14. honhuthuy109 61 months ago | reply

      Tôi chào các bạn thân mến! Các bạn rất giỏi và đoàn kết ! Tôi yêu thích các bạn ! Chúc các bạn vui vẻ và thành công !

    15. MCW Plug Doors 59 months ago | reply

      An icey hand gripped my heart when I watched the events unfold on TV that day. 28 years later the memory still brings a tear to my eye. 7 Great people may they rest peacefully.

    16. l_gallant@rogers.com 46 months ago | reply

      That was real sad about them and for their families,friends for their loss!

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