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Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago


I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.

I remember watching this live in my 4th grade class. I recall the teacher quickly shutting off the TV as she started to cry. I knew a teacher named Christa McAuliffe was on board – the first civilian in to go to space in fact. We had drawn pictures of her and space shuttles that day in class. 

Challenger Crew

Challenger Crew Courtesy of NASA

Books about the Space Shuttle Challenger and NASA can be found here.

New Video of Challenger Disaster Surfaces After 24 Years

On a chilly January morning in 1986, Corydon optometrist Jack Moss raised his new video camera to the sky over central Florida and captured one of the darkest moments in American space exploration the explosion of the shuttle Challenger.

I have chills. I remember watching this in my 4th grade classroom and not fully grasping the tradgedy I had just witnessed.

If you are interested in the Challenger story, I hear this book explores some of the controversy around it.