Friday, January 28, 2011

25 Years Ago, the Space Shuttle Exploded

It was 25 years ago the space shuttle Challenger blew up. I remember the day. I was working at the US Naval Observatory. We came back from lunch a little late and the guys who stay and watch TV in the kitchen were still watching TV, which was weird, usually the TV is on at 12 sharp, off at 1 sharp. We asked what was going on and were told the space shuttle blew up. At first I thought the guy was making a bad joke, but there it was, on TV, again and again.

One of my first thoughts was about the first teacher going up on the shuttle. Christa McAuliffe. Her death made it twice as bad, I think. She was a civilian. I can imagine her as one of my grade school teachers and feel like I kind of knew her.
Christa McAuliffe

In the back row from left to right: Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. In the front row from left to right: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair

Below is a video from YouTube.
video

25 years ago... I was almost exactly half the age I am now. It doesn't seem like 25 years, it doesn't seem like too much time at all.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kelle said...

Funny how the time just seems to slip on by. It sure doesn't seem like 25 yrs ago does it? Then again when I think about it I do have a child that is now 22yrs old, man..... I guess that means I'm no spring chick anymore*wink*

Thanks for the reminder of those who lost their lives that awful day, we'll add their families to our prayers today.

Blessings,
Kelle

January 28, 2011 8:49 AM  
Blogger redgirl said...

gone but not fOrgotten

January 28, 2011 12:55 PM  
Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

still makes me weep

January 29, 2011 6:15 PM  

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