31 years ago today…

Saturday marks a solemn anniversary for the space community. On Jan. 28, 1986, seven astronauts were killed when the Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after launch.

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6 comments to 31 years ago today…

  • Kevin

    We didn’t get a lick of work done that day. Just kept staring at the TV in disbelief.

  • Meh~tdology

    I worked out of a performing arts High School at the time and since Christa McAuliffe was on that flight practically every class was watching (the school was totally wired for cable reception).

    It was the quietest regular school day I ever spent there.

  • Kevin

    Not to mention, it’s been 50 years since Apollo 1. I hope SpaceX has better luck when they start manned flights next year. Humankind needs this expansion into space. Too many things can go wrong for us to be confined to one planet. Just ask the dinosaurs, if you can find one.

  • Art

    I live in South Florida. I was going to lunch driving north that day, when I saw this smoke trail in the sky, I’ll never forget it.It was a cool cloudless cool day with great visibility.

  • Scott

    I was home from school for a snow day and was watching the liftoff as I was painting my bedroom. I was also home the day Reagan was shot and the day Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shot himself during a live news conference. For some reason, local tv news replayed the unedited event including the suicide during the noon news which I was watching. You can find that video online somewhere if you’re into that sort of thing. At some point my mom said, “See what happens when you don’t go to school.”

  • DJ

    This is a rough week for NASA anniversaries. 3 lost in the Apollo 1 launchpad fire on 1/27/1967; 7 lost in the Challenger explosion on 1/28/1986; and 7 lost when Columbia broke up on re-entry 2/01/2003.

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