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Do You Remember Where You Were When the Challenger Exploded?

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Do you remember where you were when the Challenger exploded?


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It was the first day of our second semester. I was in 8th grade and a representative from our local high school was trying to recruit kids for the home ec program at the high school. Our principal, Mr. Zimmerman, made an announcement over the PA system stating that the shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff and it appeared that there were no survivors.

Throughout the day at school, we were all in disbelief, but had no visual account of this. We had no TVs readily available (wow...that sounds SO old!), but there were teachers who were sad because they had heard about the program to put a teacher into space. Some of them even had applied for the position.

After school, I remember walking into the house & going straight towards the tv, seeing the explosion for the first time. It was heartbreaking & I slept very little that night after all of the special reports.

uh i probably wasnt even born.



I was at home on my parents couch sick. I had missed school that day and my class was watching the shuttle launch at school, so I was watching it at home. When the explosion happened I screamed out for my Moma. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. Even as a 13 year old girl the magnitude of what was happening struck me like a freight train.         God Bless those who sacrifice their lives for the growth and enrichment of this country; from the fire fighters and police officers, to the men and women of the space program, and most importantly the men and women of the armed forces whose sacrifices make things like the space program and even this web site possible. And may their families know that their sacrifice is not in vain and that they are in our highest esteem. God Bless The USA!

Coming in from recess, the teacher gathered us inside and turned on the ancient television set. We watched it for the rest of the day. I don't think I really understood what was happening. I just knew we were sad.

I was home, sick, and my mom was home with me. She was in her room with the TV and I heard her say "Oh my God" I went to see... the magnitude of it did not strike me until I was older, as I was just 11 when it happened.



I always loved Christa McCaulife (sp?) I thought she was so amazing, and I wished she could have made that trip. She seemed like an amazing teacher!

Nope and I don't even know what ur talking about.

Yes, as always at home. What a tragedy!!! Like so many others.




C'mon that's not fair. I can't even remember what color undies I am wearing... And that's on a good day!

I was at home having just gotten off night shift at 8AM.  I was in the Navy.

I only remember that it was aired over and over again on all tv-stations......

I was having lunch in Sterling Ht's, Mi with three of my co-workers, as we were eating the tv was on and we all noticed the news announcement about the same time. We all were stunned and in shock, All of us were engineers for the high tech industry and we all sorta took this as a personal/proffessional blow. It affected each of us in severals ways. I started to slow down my life spend more time with my wife and kids and  basicaly learned that nothing is a given and to enjoy every second you have on this earth. I still think of those astronots when ever there is a shullte launch.

At work. There was always a television on for the customers, and we all had been watching it live.

It was surreal. Like we all REALLY didn't see what had just happened. You could have heard a pin drop...the shock. We started crying.

I will NEVER forget that moment.

I think I was in the third grade. I was in Mesa AZ.  I still have the newspaper from that day shrink wrapped.  I still remember it being on every news stand. 

my mom was pregnant with me when she  heard there is a space shuttle going into the sky , she was was angry she  couldnt go and jealous of the people who had the opportunity of getting in it. (she told me cos she wants me to feel lucky ) but when she heard later that it had exploded , the right feeling sholud be "yea serves them right" but instead she broke down and sobbed bitterly.  where was i when it happened ? in d womb.........

I was working at a hospital in Seattle then.  All the patients were gathered out in the solarium (which was a smoking area!!). I was working, but I kept going out there to watch the TV with them.

I was in high school.  In Astronomy class of all places.  I remember the announcement coming and my teacher leaving the room.  He had been one of the teachers that applied to go.  My heart felt so swollen with grief, I can still feel it when I think about it.

i wasnt even alive then bu t i remember reading about the teacher that went on board

Nope!

was in school...we may have watched it on the tv in the cafeteria but...i can't be for certain.

Yes. I was at my sisters house in NM. I was bathing my son when I heard it on the news.

Glad to see a challenging question as so many here have requested.





Yes. I had set aside time to watch the lift off that day with my brother and a couple of friends.

I was standing in my living room....In the past..we always recorded the launch...and the mission...(sat. set up to watch NASA tele...)



But...Well it was always the same...So we did not this time....So when it happenede...I ran into my room...and woke my husband up....and them we turned on NASA...for all of the news...It was direct feed from NASA....so we got more news...then the newsmen

I was in Mr. Chapman's AP chemistry class in High School. He was in the final 8 teachers in the competition to be the first civilian american astronaut. He really liked Ms. Christa McAuliffe who was the final one chosen and he was so proud of her... then the shuttle exploded... it was like he had seen a ghost. He nearly broke down in tears and had to leave the room. While he taught the remainder of the week he took the next several weeks off and was never really the same again. It was pretty horrible as he was such a nice guy and brilliant to boot. I've always hoped he was able to overcome that and get back to being the incredibly engaging teacher he had been.

no =P

Yes.

I was probably playing with stuffed animals or watching Sesame Street, I was just 3 when it happened.  

I was in school we were watching it when it happened.

I remember that I usually liked to stay home from school so I could watch the launch. But, that day I was very very nervious and wanted to go to school. I was sitting in class and then it was announced. I knew something was going to happen. We ended up putting the picture of it on our year book that year.

Yes.

I remember seeing it on TV in class since we always kept the news on in my class. I thought it was a video game and pretty much laughed. (I was a little kid). I didn't learn until later when my brother told me that it was actually a real thing that went on and people were dead. After that, I felt pretty bad about laughing.