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28 January 2008 @ 07:24 am
22 years.  
Remember the Challenger.
 
 
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Kat: sittinprettykittykatmoonshaker on January 28th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Benjamin Leelbuckley on January 28th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's today, isn't it?

I was in 8th grade English class when I heard, which was particularly poignant seeing as how my English teacher had very much wanted to be on the Challenger, and had gone to great lengths to apply. My teacher found out at the same time I did.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 28th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I was in 6th grade. I was watching on live TV. Every class in my school above I think 2nd grade was watching.
Skyepagawne on January 28th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
My memories are all too clear. I remember how completely shattered our youngest daughter was watching it happen. She was in kindergarten.
Ace Lightning: spaceacelightning on January 28th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
and yesterday was the anniversary of the fire that destroyed Apollo 1 on the launch pad, killing Grissom, Chaffee, and White. as wcg points out, this is a week full of sad memories for spacefarers.

i was in the ninth grade when Alan Shepherd made that first sub-orbital flight. i'd smuggled a transistor radio into school, but my geometry teacher not only gave me permission to use it, she allowed the whole class to stop work and listen. most of us were thinking, or even whispering, "go, go!" as the countdown reached zero... and go they did, and came home safe again.

i was in my second sophomore year (long story) of college when Apollo 1 caught fire. i was very, very worried that this would put an end to the space program; i felt that it would a far more fitting memorial to those three men to continue on in humanity's reach toward the stars.

i was working at Grumman Aircraft on that triumphant day when the Eagle - the Lunar Module, built in that very factory - landed... "...tell your chidren when!"

i was still working at Grumman when Apollo 11 "had a problem", and Grumman engineers worked feverishly to reconfigure that Lunar Module to do things it had never been designed to do, and brought them (more or less) safely home.

i was watching the launch on tv when Challenger caught fire and crashed. despite my "this can't be happening" shock, i ran to the phone and called Fred at WBAI, because i knew they didn't have a live audio feed. i vividly remember Walter Cronkite looking and sounding as if he were about to break down and weep on the air.

i was listening on the radio (by that time, shuttle flights had become so routine that they weren't even televised live any more), hearing the crew talking to ground control... and then their voices stopped, and then the ground crew began describing the anomalous telemetry readings. later, my brother's Civil Air Patrol unit participated in the search for the wreckage...

and then, in the planetarium in Salt Lake City, of all places, i watched a 3D IMAX movie about the ISS. when i saw American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts walking together down the "Walk of Heroes" at Baikonur, i wept, with joy and pride and nostalgia and hope and longing...

i believe that all of them, all the men and women, whether we know or remember their names or not, from every country, who lost their lives along the infinite pathway to the stars... they're watching us, wondering what we're going to do next.


Edited at 2008-01-28 03:08 pm (UTC)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on January 28th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
i was listening on the radio (by that time, shuttle flights had become so routine that they weren't even televised live any more), hearing the crew talking to ground control... and then their voices stopped, and then the ground crew began describing the anomalous telemetry readings. later, my brother's Civil Air Patrol unit participated in the search for the wreckage...

You're talking about Columbia in this one, yes?
Ace Lightning: Pleiadesacelightning on January 28th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
*nod*

ravenskye8: Zen Candleravenskye8 on January 28th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
I was in 5th grade... my teacher wouldn't let us watch, we had a quiz, and I don't think she was very interested in the launch, even though we were all very dissapointed. We kept asking if we could go next door to join with another class who was watching (even the teacher from that class invited us in - but she refused - go figure)...

So we were sitting at our desks when in the room behind us all the students started screaming...

I had visited Cape Canaveral the year prior, and had a model space shuttle that I put together, but never applied the name decal... They gave you decals for all the shuttles, and I couldn't decide...

The night before, I decided...

I applied the decal for Challenger...
guruwench on January 29th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I remember.
craigers01 on February 5th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
I was in 6th grade too. We didn't have TV's in every classroom. They called everyone to the auditorium and made the announcement. Then the let us watch the news and see the footage. I vaguely remember some of the kids crying around me. I know I kinda zoned out. Wondering what it meant for the space program.