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Where Were You on January 28, 1986?

28 January 2011

In Memory- (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair;
 (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.

Today commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion.  Do you remember where you were when this happened?  I remember it very clearly, including the sinking feeling I had in my stomach.  I was teaching preschool at the time and the parents were dropping their children off.  One parent asked if I had heard about the Challenger explosion.  I hadn't.  I had the overwhelming urge to call my husband.  I had my aide take over the class for a few minutes and I went to call Kirk.  Kirk was home sick that day and I asked if he had heard about it, he hadn't. 

One might wonder why I would have an urge to call my husband.  All I could think of was Christa McAuliffe, the teacher in space.  Kirk had applied for the teacher in space project!  I was thinking of what might have been.  Kirk and I talked for a couple of minutes and then I headed back into the classroom.  I put it out of my mind as I didn't want to scare the four year olds I was teaching.  Once I got home, I was glued to the television. 

My thoughts and memories are with the families of those who gave their life that day:  Michael Smith,  Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick, and Christa McAuliffe. 


Brad Fallon said...

I heard about that news before and my family was glued on the television watching and listening for the details about the Challenger explosion. We grieve for the families of those who risk their lives for the sake of science. We should give them honor because they are the true heroes of the world.

Brenda said...

Thank you for sharing. I agree they should be honored.

Kirk said...

I remember the phone call and than the television coverage. My fifth grade class was studing the mission in science. Your blog honors their memories.

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