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Space Shuttle Challenger wreckage found

  • čas přidán 10. 11. 2022

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  • Derrick Leachman

    I was in middle school when the Challenger exploded. I really felt bad for our social studies teacher, Mr. Shelton. For weeks before the launch, it was all he talked about and he wanted his students to have the same enthusiasm as he did. He had reserved a TV from the library weeks in advance for the event, and on the day of the launch, our class watched in horror as the shuttle exploded. Mr. Shelton was devastated and he was never the same for the remainder of the year.


    I was 10 the day I saw it blow up live. It broke my heart. Our whole class had been studying the crew and those people were so very kind. I remember the teacher turning it off and stumbling and then talking to us about what we had seen. He put his hands on his head at his desk and said "If we can just have a moment of silence".

  • Gus Panas
    Gus Panas  +11

    I remember being at Campbell School in Sandusky, Ohio. I was 9 years old and all of us kids were in the gymnasium ready to enjoy this historic flight. They had wheeled in a big television for all of the staff and children to watch it on. Once the shuttle exploded, most of us didn't realize what had happened until the adults started to cry. That's when they called everyone's parents and sent us home early that day. The looks of horror on their faces is something that I will never forget, my hearts will always go out to those families.

  • JustWasted3HoursHere

    I will never forget that day as long as I live. It lives in my memory just as much as 9/11 does. Maybe more. I was on my way to work and saw the shuttle going up through the sky and pulled my car over to get a better look. Moments later, with my binoculars, I saw the pieces go left and right. When I got to work I told my mom what I saw (she was the manager) and she was mad because she thought I was making a joke. Then she looked at my face and saw I was not kidding. For the rest of the day (and the following weeks, really) every one of us were glued to our televisions as new information slowly trickled out.

  • Jski
    Jski  +373

    The worst part about the Challenger incident is finding out the crew most likely didn't die in the explosion. I believe there is evidence the crew survived the explosion and tried to activate some emergency oxygen or other energy systems before the capsule hit the ground ultimately killing the crew.

  • Brian Gisler

    I’ll never forget it. I was in 11th grade and we had that day off from school here in PA due to a snowstorm overnight. That morning it was crystal blue skies and beautiful out just lots of snow. I was watching TV in my bedroom and saw it.. I cried the rest of the day.. That day is seared into my memory..

  • Jeff Alvich

    Let's just straighten out some facts. To start with this was no accident which was caused by unforeseen engineering. Both my wife and myself worked at Hughes aircraft at the time which is also where Dr Jarvis and the other physicist from Hughes Research Labs in Malibu we're on board also.

  • Sonny D.

    I was finishing my art collage thesis at home when I saw that terrible disaster in the news. And my thesis was an illustrated version of a space travel story

  • Side Winder

    I will never forget those Astronauts. I was a kid watching this in school. It exploded at exactly 11:36 AM. I cried for so long and it still breaks my heart.

  • Car Silk
    Car Silk  +78

    My sister's elementary school was named Challenger after this shuttle, and it was one of the first disasters I learned about as a little kid. What a way to go. Decades later I was going to school in Orlando and one of my instructors had us all go out side to catch a small glimpse of STS-135 after launch, and as it was NASA's final mission we were all a little bummed. I really hope we can find a way to reach further out. There doesn't seem to be enough exploration lately.

  • milkyy
    milkyy  +368

    I can't imagine what this was like being a school child and watching the challenger crash in real time. Must have been surreal

  • j b
    j b  +6

    I remember I was terribly sick with the flu, and my sister called me to tell me the shuttle had blown up. We both were huge space activity buffs at the time, watching every liftoff and mission avidly. The grief, not just mine, but of the nation, was huge and intense, and when I went back to work a few days later, everyone was so somber and sad.

  • Tim Adams
    Tim Adams  +15

    I was at the Challenger launch, the video most folks have seen was filmed by a student from our college who was standing beside me at the time. It's hard to believe it's been 36 years since.

  • 2WheelSituations

    As many others have said here in the comments, I too was in middle school and our entire school watched the launch in the auditorium and when the Challenger exploded all the kids really didn’t understand what happened at first. Our Principal put her hands over her face and said oh my. Teachers were crying and no one could say anything. This was a tragic event that we have never forgotten as kids because we all watched this happen in real time. Never thought years later we would see something tragic happen again on live TV with 911.

  • Skull
    Skull  +14

    My father watched it in school, and he was shocked. When he watched this on TV with him, he was definitely surprised. While it may be impossible to recover all of the shuttle, it does bring hope.

  • Layuth
    Layuth  +68

    Lost a friend of my family in that disaster. My grandfather worked with and was close friends of the father of Judith Resnik. RIP to them all.

  • bryce christensen

    One of my clearest early memories. I was in 2nd grade. I remember watching the launch in the school media center, and quietly walking back to class. I remember the librarian being very emotional. I remember wondering if the astronauts had parachutes.

  • Tom Rodgers

    I remember exactly where I was when it happened. It is one of those things that sticks with you for life. R.I.P. crew.

  • stereodreamer23

    I was a Junior in college when this happened. It was the only time in my entire education, when I intentionally skipped class. A bunch of us skipped class to watch it in our dorm. A bunch of us guys (mostly STEM majors) were all sitting around the TV, with chips and soda, making a little party of it, and then the explosion happened. We were all completely dumbfounded and in shock. I think we all cried a little when we realized what had happened. It was devastating to everyone...

  • Kathy June

    RIP. I remember this vividly and still think of it from time-to-time. I was 12 and all the kids were very interested in the space program. I was home sick that day and watched live for hours. I cried. We all did that day.