Remembering the Challenger Crew | NASA

Remembering the Challenger Crew

Remembering the Challenger Crew | NASA.

UPDATE: 01/31/2014 NASA Honored the losses of all three of their disasters…

Sharon Christa McAuliffe received a preview of...

Sharon Christa McAuliffe received a preview of microgravity during a special flight aboard NASA’s KC-135 “zero gravity” aircraft. A special parabolic pattern flown by the aircraft provides shore periods of weightlessness. These flights are often nicknamed the “vomit comet” because of the nausea that is often induced. McAuliffe represented the Teacher in Space Project aboard the STS 51-L/Challenger when it exploded during take-off on January 28, 1986 and claimed the lives of the crewmembers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I cannot believe this slipped past me…I missed putting it up at the start of January 28. The Challenger was built here where I live, practically across the street from where I sit typing this. I can clearly remember the pride of the people here as we walked this ship down one of our city streets as it was being rolled from its birthplace, in the hangars at the Palmdale Grumman plant to the Edwards A.F.B.

I’ll never forget the day of this tragic accident. I was getting into the car to go over to the printer’s to pick up my wedding invitations. I can still see the images play in my mind of the incredible after-launch explosion. I remember too, Christa McAuliffe’s classroom of students was also watching — I wondered how hard that had to be, explaining to those little kids that their teacher just died, right before their eyes, on live television.

In a couple more days, we have another Shuttle disaster to remember, the Columbia. It too was born right here. God Bless America and those souls who have given all in the name of understanding the space frontier.


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8 Responses to “Remembering the Challenger Crew | NASA”

  1. I interviewed—I believe—to fill her position in Springfield, NH. Of all the people to lose!


    • Wow…really? Yes, so tragic. Unbelievable, really. I walked right under the wing of that big space ship as it was rolling down the street…this was before they ever made a jet-conversion to carry it. It was quite a thing. Then, last year when Atlantis was flown piggyback around our valley, I shot a home video of it. It was a sad day here for the area to see the final piece of production of our local aerospace industry take its leave.


  2. I clearly remember my feelings of disbelief and sorrow over the disaster.


  3. Christa McAuliffe was from New Hampshire, so I remember it well. We now have a planetarium named after her.


    • That’s wonderful to know. The pictures of her show a face of a person excited at the prospect of having such a
      wondrous, yet intriguing opportunity to go out into that vast territory of space…such a shame that her dream had to end as it did. I prayed desperately that none of those astronauts had to endure too much consciousness or pain in their fiery demise. It was such a horrific tragedy, I had a hard time accepting the reality of it at first.


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