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Jan. 28, 1986: The Challenger Disaster

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It was 24 years ago today that this disaster occured. In memory, I thought that we could take some time today and mourne those who lost their lives on Challenger, and to keep their families and loved ones in our hearts today.

Where were you on this day back on Jan. 28, 1986 when this happened?

I was a senior in high school and in studyhall where the studyhall was next to the library where they had the tv on watching this live event go down. It was shorty after noon when I saw the tragedy unfold. A lot of us saw this in the library on tv and couldn't believe this happened.

Jan. 28, 1986: The Challenger Disaster

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they
prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of
earth" to "touch the face of God." -- Ronald Reagan, Jan. 28, 1986

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Jan 28 @ 7:34AM  
I was a senior in high school and in studyhall

Ok....this is gonna be funny. I was in 2nd grade......LMAO!

Jan 28 @ 7:41AM  
Megan, you're funny! lol

Jan 28 @ 7:56AM  
I was 36 years old, living and working in Singapore, when this tragedy occurred.

Jan 28 @ 8:12AM  
You guys are makin' me feel like a baby now!!!

Dione was 36!!!!

Jan 28 @ 8:18AM  
I was 49 and just taking my first cup of coffee to my sun room in El Toro, Ca.
when it came on TV.
Indeed, a tragedy

Jan 28 @ 8:18AM  
OK, you gotta stop this blog. I was only 8!!!!!

Jan 28 @ 8:26AM  
I was a kid

But I do remember going to Cape Canaveral on a field trip to see the memorial and see this up and coming thing called IMAX

Jan 28 @ 9:04AM  
I was 42 at the time, living in Mobile, AL and on my way down to Pensacola, FL to a customer, when I heard about it on the radidio! I didn't like the icy conditions I saw on TV the night before! But that was because, I know that sometimes solid rocket propellants, can develop fissures in the mixture and burn unevenly, producing dangerous over pressures in the rocket chamber itself! This is what I thought happened because of the extreme temperatures over night! Never thought about the "O" rings!

May the astronauts R.I.P.!


Jan 28 @ 9:31AM  
I was sitting in my living room catching up on the news and having coffee, hoping my children who were just babies yet..........would stay a sleep and just give me a few more blissful moments of quietness............I spent most of the rest of the day watching the news accounts of what happened..............

Jan 28 @ 9:44AM  
Just got back from lunch break and was in my 3rd hour class. I didn't know of it until I got home and saw it on tv.

Jan 28 @ 10:34AM  
I was in coledge in florida...

Jan 28 @ 11:07AM  
I was 36 years old and was driving a truck delivering propane gas. I had just made a stop and gotten back in the truck when I heard it on the radio. I'll never forget that day because just a few minutes later I was waiting with my turn signal on to turn down a country road close to where I lived to make another delivery when I saw this car speeding up behind me. I couldn't turn because of traffic and there was a deep ditch on the side of the road so I had to sit therer and watch this dumbass drive his car into the rearend of my propane truck. He hit me so hard that the front of his car hit the rearend housing on my truck. I had my foot on the brake and was sitting the with 2200 gallons of propane on my truck and he still knocked my truck about 30 feet down the road. I was okay so I jumped out of the truck to see if they were okay. He was walking around in a daze like he was drunk. His wife was pinned in the car. I satrted to walk around to see if I could help her and I heard a baby start to cry. The back seat of the car was turned upside down and I couldn't see the baby. I jumped in and started pulling the seat and anything else I could get may hands on out of the car and finally got to the baby. Luckily all that was wrong with the baby was a cut lip. They used the jaws of life to cut the door off of the car and to get the woman out of the car. I noticed right off that she had a nasty cut that ran from her forehead down across her nose and lips and stopped about half way down her chin. When they got her out they found that one leg was broken in three palces. I didn't realize until I got the truck back to the shop and was checking it out that there was a big blood spot on the back bumper of my truck. That is what caused the cut on her head. He had driven the car so far under the back of my truck that she flew up and hit the windshield and the back bumper of my truck with her face. I'm sorry this is so long Shawn but yes I remember the day of the Challenger Disaster very well. I was pretty much already in mourning because of that disaster and within minutes I was in the middle of another one. I believe that was one of the worst days of my life. Kudo for an excellent blog.

Jan 28 @ 11:57AM  
I was at home with my kids that day, they were ages 2, 3, and 8 years old. My son was out of school that day with Chicken Pox. I was 33 years old.

Jan 28 @ 5:04PM  
I was in class, business clerical something or other, vocational type school, all out of highschool and I was a little older than you I would say, but not much.

Jan 28 @ 10:47PM  
I was 20-years-old and living in Coos Bay, Oregon at the time. I had worked a double shift and was catching up on some sleep when the tragedy unfolded. My current SO woke me up right after it occurred. I was glued to the T.V. over the next few hours.

I can't believe it's been 24 years already.

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