January 28, 1986 – Space Shuttle CHALLENGER exploded just seconds after launching at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
It was a shocking, surreal vision to behold across televisions all across America, even around the globe. Once again, we honor the astronauts who perished that day with this post of remembrance.
I remember well what I was just going to leave the house to do that morning…I’d just gotten off of my graveyard shift as a waitress at Denny’s…I had glimpsed the t.v. as I headed out the door to pick up my wedding invitations, which were freshly printed at the “P.I.P” place…I half-consciously heard something on the news in the car…about some sort of explosion…yeah, I thought to myself, that must have been the plumy white smoke I saw on the t.v. a minute ago…by the time I got back home, it was the ONLY thing on any news, whether via radio or via t.v.
We didn’t have 24-hr CNN then.
All day long…they looped that horrid footage of that terrible explosion.
I kept thinking to myself: wow, all those school kids and these astronauts’ families were standing by and watching this nightmare unfold, ‘live.’
I remember praying that perhaps, even against all real odds, that MAYBE they would be able to rescue the crew. Who knew that the heat was so intense as to practically incinerate those poor people alive?
I prayed that they were unconscious and unable to know the pain of that inferno.
©C.S. Thompson, 2015.