Remembering the Challenger Crew | NASA
UPDATE: 01/31/2014 NASA Honored the losses of all three of their disasters…
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.