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Old 01-28-2013, 03:31 PM   #16
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What followed after those words, is still embedded in my head like it all happened yesterday.

I was in college in a string quartet rehearsal when I heard about it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:38 PM   #17
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I will never forget this day. My 2nd grade teacher had been one of the final candidates for the program and had known Christa McAuliffe. We had studied all things NASA for a week leading up to the launch. We were watching the liftoff in our classroom when it exploded. Our teacher burst into tears and ran from the room. Another teacher came in about a minute later and took over for the day. It was heartbreaking for a room of 7 and 8 year old kids.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #18
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I vividly recall the feeling of not being able to trust my own eyes... trying to squint and blink really hard, to get a clearer picture. I just couldn't believe what I had seen. My mind knew what my eyes had just witnessed but it wouldn't allow it to register. Instant shock and denial, at first, followed by emptiness and deep sadness.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #19
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I was standing in a field watching the launch and thought that NASA was doing some kind of secret maneuver. Then it rapidly sunk in that something was dreadfully, dreadfully wrong. Ran back inside and turned on the TV. What a tragedy.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:36 PM   #20
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I was home alone with my one year old watching the launch. Years later I learned that survived the explosion, but we were helpless to do anything to save them. So very sad.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #21
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I remember exactly where I was: on GI rounds at St. Louis Children's Hospital, where I was a second year pediatrics resident.

That night, President Ronald Reagan gave an eloquent speech about the disaster, ending with words that still bring tears to my eyes:

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The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. 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."
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I was born two days after this happened 27 years ago. Learned about it when I started to get into astronomy back in high school. I do remember the Columbia shuttle breaking up on Feb. 1, 2003.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:54 PM   #23
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I was in class and every classroom in our school was watching. We watched it happen and I don't think any of us understood what had just happened when it exploded. Our teacher started crying and left the room for a minute then came back in turned off the tv and told us all to read.

I was in the 6th grade. I too remember the presidents speech that evening.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #24
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I remember exactly where I was: on GI rounds at St. Louis Children's Hospital, where I was a second year pediatrics resident.

That night, President Ronald Reagan gave an eloquent speech about the disaster, ending with words that still bring tears to my eyes:
More eloquent words have rarely been spoken. I was in junior high english when I heard. I remember that speech so clearly.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #25
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I was 16, and it is such a horrible, horrible memory for me. I pray for the families of the astronauts who must miss them terribly.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:30 PM   #26
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I was in 6th grade, and back then, they always rolled the TV into the classroom to watch shuttle launches. It was still such a big deal! We saw the whole thing live. Definitely one of the Top 10 news events of my lifetime.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:53 PM   #27
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I was in the lunch room at work and the lady who took care of the vending machines came in and said it "crashed". I remember riding the bus home from work and being very sad.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:09 PM   #28
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I was at University cleaning beakers and things in a chemistry lab as part of a work study package. We had the radio playing bouncy music as we worked. The announcer interupted the song (Walking on Sunshine.... I think) to tell of the tragedy. We ran to find a tv and watched with the rest of the world with horror and tears.
It's amazing the clarity in which we can remember tragedies that have impacted us.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:20 PM   #29
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Isn't it amazing that we always remember where we were, and what we were doing when something tragic like that happens?

Our refrigerator had gone out and we were at an appliance store paying for our new one when someone near the TV section screamed, and we all went rushing over and saw the end part of it. We really could not believe what we were seeing and hearing.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #30
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I had just started a new job in Syracuse, NY and spent the day In a conference
room watching it unfold. I had just moved from New Hampshire and was so proud of Christa.

When Columbia disintegrated I was in the Baltimore airport watching in a bar.
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