History - Happened 25 Years Ago to Date

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  1. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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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.
     
  2. CA357

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    "They have slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God."
     

  3. Mema

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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.
     
  4. amoroque

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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.
     
  5. Shooter

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    That had to be horrible for the families to witness.
     
  6. David26

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    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
     
  7. orangello

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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.
     
  8. Squirrel_Slayer

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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.
     
  9. Boyerracing343

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

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    True American Heros, evey one!!
     
  11. billdeserthills

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    I forget, which gun restrictions were imposed on that one?
     
  12. ScottA

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    It was my freshman year at the University of Iowa. Got back to the room and roommate was in front of the TV watching the coverage. I still have a copy of the following day's newspaper in a trunk.
     

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  13. dog2000tj

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    We didn't get to see it live but were told of the news almost immediately. Apparently it was on in the teachers lounge and word of it spread fast. I remember we had a moment of silence and many said prayers to the brave that were lost.
     
  14. skullcrusher

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    I remember that, but I won't tell you how old I was when that happened. It was a shock as we had all seen several shuttle launches and we knew immediately that it was no more.

    Think about the guts it takes to agree to let yourself be attached to enough power to launch your arse into space. Then, you have to get back home. Heroes and role models.