Thirty Years Ago Today, America Watched The Challenger Shuttle Explode On Live Television

A day that will forever be remembered by the school children watching their teachers ascend into space. :(

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+8 1. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

And I will forever remember this, sitting on the couch, watching it on TV with horror, as I was holding my two week old newborn son in my arms... :'( <3
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+4 2. Geekster (admin) commented 8 years ago

Since I was a little kid I always was passionate about science, planes, spaceships, computers etc, and I remember when I was like 12, I saw the Columbia re-entry live on TV, and when I saw the explosion I couldn't believe my own eyes. :'(
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+4 3. fjwjr commented 8 years ago

This was one of the well known and tragic events in American history and I didn't know about it for two weeks. I was in basic training in Oklahoma and we were not allowed TV, radio, newspapers or phone calls at that time. The only reason I found out was that a Drill Sergeant let it slip one day while we were sitting and eating on a firing range.
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+3 4. Robin882 commented 8 years ago

I wonder what it would have felt like watching this live. RIP. <3
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+3 5. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

#3 That doesn't add up fjwjr, that would make you about 40 right now, but your profile says you're 116 >:)
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+4 6. sux2bu commented 8 years ago

#4 I was watching it live at work and all the employees who were gathered around the tv with me were at first hopeful that an escape pod might have saved the crew but then it became apparent that there was no escape. It was sickening to watch. :(
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+3 7. mitis77 commented 8 years ago

There is interesting movie about it if anyone cares to learn what happen. Richard Feynman was involved in an investigation, a man behind quantum physics among other things.
I love how they showed what scientists and scientific method does to plots, conspiracies and political games. (i)
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0 8. Geekster (admin) commented 8 years ago

#7 thanks for the link :) I'll watch that for sure! You just woke up mu curiosity :D
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+2 9. watsonlr commented 8 years ago

#4. I was watching it live in my highschool library with about 20 other people. It was horrific... just horrific.

Sadly it's beleived the crew compartment was intact until impact with the water, although everyone was unconscious.
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0 10. Judge-Jake commented 7 years ago

One, of those Kennedy being shot, Elvis dying, Princess Diana dying, Twin tower moments that you never forget if you were alive to experience it. Makes you wonder what the next one's will be. My guess and I hope I'm wrong will be some idiot with a nuke. 8-)