Challenger

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Posted on January 28, 2006 1:11 AM in Miscellaneous
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Over the last year I've been reminded time and time again of how old I'm getting. Perhaps not so much, however, as I was just a minute ago after heading over to CNN.com.

Twenty years ago to the day, I was sitting in my grandparents' living room, presumably occupied by the things that occupy a 6 year old's mind. I remember my parents and grandparents paying particularly close attention to the TV, and suggesting I watch as the space shuttle Challenger launched into space. I think my mother and grandfather were especially intrigued due to the fact that someone who shared their occupation, a teacher, was part of the crew.

What I remember most clearly, though, and the image that I know will stay with me for as long as I live, is the clear blue sky that surrounded the shuttle as it shot through the sky. Then the explosion, so unbelievable and so surreal.

As hard as it is to believe that was twenty years ago, it's even harder to believe how much that image has resonated in my mind over two decades.

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Janine on January 28, 2006 at 3:15 AM:

I was watching Shepard Smith's broadcast yesterday when he mentioned that it was 20 years ago; although I already knew this, it still brought back all of the memories/feelings I had of that day. While watching Shepard replay the broadcast, it was like experiencing those feelings for the first time all over again.
I have a picture of the Challenger crew hanging in my home and I can't help but remember that day and think of the crew and their families every single time I look at it.

This is a link to a site where you can find Ronald Regan's Challenger speech:

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html

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Janine on January 28, 2006 at 3:16 AM:

by god, I spelled Ronnie's name wrong. I am such an idiot :)

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Ugly Face on February 03, 2006 at 5:41 PM:

In first grade, early in the morning, I vividly remember watching the 'Challenger' attempt a makeshift launch. Earlier that year, I had created a painted mural with a space satellite, which still hangs in the gym today. Perhaps, that is why I remember the event so well. Afterall, it was the so-called "space age".

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