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Old 01-27-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger's launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.



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It is hard to believe that it has been that long. My children were small then and I did not even like firearms yet.

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I can still remember that day, I was in kindergarten, and they rolled TV's in on big carts for us to watch.

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That had to be horrible for the families to witness.

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I can still remember that day, I was in kindergarten, and they rolled TV's in on big carts for us to watch.
I was in kindergarden 2 and remember them rollin the tv in so we could watch and then sudently turning it off with no expenation to what just happened
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IIRC, i didn't get to watch it live, but they told us at school.

Wow, i feel old now. I got my driver's license that year.

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Man, I was only five, but I remember watching it live on TV and then all over the news for the entire night.

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I wasn't even born yet, but it is horrible just imagining that occuring.

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