Not To Be Forgotten

English: Memorial of the Space Shuttle Challenger

English: Memorial of the Space Shuttle Challenger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Space Shuttle Challenger's smoke plume after t...

Space Shuttle Challenger’s smoke plume after the in-flight breakup that killed all seven crew members. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Memorial plaque of The Space Shuttle ...

English: Memorial plaque of The Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


6 Responses to “Not To Be Forgotten”

  1. I’ll never forget … I was around some people who probably never watched the news … I was still stunned by the explosion … I remember softly telling them … and as soon as I said “they just blew up in midair” … everyone began laughing. I never understood it …. I never forgot that.

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    • Wow…so odd. Maybe they thought it was something else? So hard to understand some folks’ reactions to stuff sometimes. I try to view them in the context of the moment; I try to first give them the benefit of the doubt. Don’t know what I really would have thought about such an odd, off-putting reaction, though, honestly.


  2. I was in the 6th grade when that happened…what an awful day that was.

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    • Yes, Mer. Tough day. And, years later, on nearly the same day, another shuttle tragedy. I especially won’t forget that second one..where I was and what I was doing. It hit me even harder, as I’d just been outdoors in the pre-dawn hours…looking for it…I heard the sonic boom that is so customary upon re-entry (seen a lot of shuttles land here)…but then I saw bright meteoric ‘something’ high up in the still-dark sky…then… a bit later, my AOL screen (just like blue screen of death, only RED!) went RED with teletype font lettering reading to the effect…the shuttle had broken up in flight just prior to the expected landing in Texas…my blood ran cold…I just burst into tears.


  3. I was driving a body to Newark Airport when I heard the news on the radio. Let’s hope you are right.
    PS…Thanks for all the views and comments yesterday. I didn’t have time to go back and acknowledge them all.

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