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Twenty Fifth Anniversary Of Challenger Disaster

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Today, January 28th, is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. I was in 8th grade math class when I heard the news from the teacher.

Where were you?
 

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I believe I was home watching it on tv.
 

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Wow. I was in freshman geography class, and it was surreal for a number of reasons.

I attended a parochial boys-only prep school that year, and the quality of teaching was...shall we say...uneven. Our geography teacher in particular claimed to be a professional wrestler (if anything he was a luchador) and was a notorious bullshitter in general, so when we entered his classroom and heard that the Challenger exploded, the common response was 'yeah, right'. Then we went into the a/v room and watched the replays for about 15 minutes.
 

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I don't think I saw it live. I think I heard about it and then saw it on TV later. I was working (my first job out of college) and remember being in a men's clothing store at lunch time and seeing the tape on TV for the first time. Very troubling.
 

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Why does NASA drink Sprite?
 

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I was in the first grade. I remember the teacher telling us that we had to finish all of our work if we wanted to watch it live on TV.

I was still at that age where the Space Program was one of the coolest things in the world to me, and being an astronaut still seemed like a legitimate career path, so it was a huge deal in my six-year-old mind. It's one of those things I'll always remember vividly.
 

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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian
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Its because they couldn't get 7 UP!!

No one remembers this joke that came out 1 week after the accident?
 

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Originally Posted by MrG
I was in the first grade. I remember the teacher telling us that we had to finish all of our work if we wanted to watch it live on TV. I was still at that age where the Space Program was one of the coolest things in the world to me, and being an astronaut still seemed like a legitimate career path, so it was a huge deal in my six-year-old mind. It's one of those things I'll always remember vividly.
I think I'm still at that age now! NASA is so cool.
 

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Originally Posted by ter1413
I believe I was home watching it on tv.

+1

I stayed home from school that day (which I did a lot) and saw it on tv.
 

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Originally Posted by Slopho
Its because they couldn't get 7 UP!!

No one remembers this joke that came out 1 week after the accident?


I saw it on a TV in a Marine helicopter squadron ready room. It took about a day for the jokes to start. The one which sticks in my mind:

What were Christa McAuliffe's last words? "Hey, what does this button do?"
 

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I remember seeing that in class. I was trying to talk to this chick Samantha who I was hardcore crushing on at the time. She cried, I comforted her while I was really scared on the inside. Big day. Big day. I think I kissed her on the cheek on the bus home.
 

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