In Memoriam

January 28, 1986 – one of those days in history. We all remember where we were, what we were doing. Most adults who could, were watching television.

We saw it live: the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members. Flight commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee; pilot Michael J. Smith; Ronald E. McNair; Ellison S. Onizuka; Judith A. Resnik; Gregory B. Jarvis; and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.


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3 Responses to “In Memoriam”

  1. Mary Donovan says:

    In the elevator at my workplace – Library of Congress – a relative new hire – and someone got on the elevator and told us the Challenger had blown up – I could not comprehend the words…

  2. Linda says:

    I was at work. My office partner’s boyfriend called with the news. We assembled in the boss’s office, where there was a TV set.

    The night before, I had figured it was too cold to launch, so I hadn’t expected the shuttle to go.

  3. Miss Merry says:

    Watching an Andy Griffith show rerun with my 4 toddlers when the news scrolled across the bottom of the screen. I quickly switched to a network channel and my blood ran cold. How could that happen.