It was on this day 35 years ago, in 1986, The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
What do you remember about the explosion?
I was in 3rd grade & all of the 3rd grade classes were gathered together in the hallway at Glenwood Elementary School in Enid, OK watching the launch on a special LIVE TV feed from NASA.
In the 1980’s SPACE was cool. So all of us were excited to see the shuttle take off. We counted down and cheered as the shuttle left the launch pad.
But then the unbelievable happened, 73 seconds after liftoff. And we watched, helplessly, as the shuttle broke apart, killing all seven crew members on board, right before our eyes: flight commander Dick Scobee; pilot Michael Smith; Ronald McNair; Ellison Ozinuka; Judith Resnik; Gregory Jarvis; and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
I recall how the teachers were all shocked and not sure what to do with all of us students after we just witnessed that catastrophe.
It was a very sad day.
It was the quietest day I remember at that school.
One I will never forget.