“The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.” _NASA
Challenger Disaster Live on CNN
Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (Graphic) with her parents and students in the crowd.
Astronauts Likely Survived Challenger Explosion
In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.”
We have been to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center many times (as well as the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas). In 2011, we watched the Space Shuttle Discovery launch from KSC in Cape Canaveral. It’s one of the most memorable events to witness because not only are you seeing it, you feel it, you hear it. I don’t remember the Challenger because of my age. I do, however, remember watching the news when Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry over Texas in 2003.
I’ve sat with the kids today in front of the computer watching old videos from the Challenger explosion. Since we are NASA fans, they understand the dangers of working as an astronaut. It wasn’t all that shocking to them. Sad. But it wasn’t shocking. The saddest part was watching the middle video (posted above) and watching the faces of the parents and students of the teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe (far left in photo).
Please share with your family, kids, students, or watch for yourself. It’s a piece of our history we shouldn’t forget.
“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God. ”
― Ronald Reagan