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    On this day in 1986 seven souls passed from us and into eternity. Think about them and ask where is the pioneering spirit that that lead them to take the risks in opening the heavens for us to follow and can we find it again?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoQlkFryriQ

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    I remember that day/event very well as it was my 2nd day on the job at the firm where I worked from Jan 1986 thru 2009. I heard the news live on the radio while working. RIP to those astronauts.

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    Yep, RIP.

    I was too young at the time to really contemplate it, though I found out years later that my father has been squadron mates with one or two of the astronauts who died in the Challenger explosion.

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    This is the 1st news event I remember. We were one of the schools that got to watch the launch live on TV.

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-5 Killer View Post
    This is the 1st news event I remember. We were one of the schools that got to watch the launch live on TV.

    RIP
    Same here, and I may have only been 5 years old, but even then I knew something wasn't right the moment it happened.

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    RIP Cmdr. Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, and Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair, Gregory Jarvis and Christie McAuliffe.

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    I was in 8th grade and I remember our teacher dragging a TV into our classroom so we could watch the news.

    RIP Challenger crew


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    I was born in August of that year, so I do not remember the Challenger disaster. However, it has been a topic of fascination for me and I have spent a lot of time researching it.

    For one thing, I was amazed at how much NASA used and "abused" the Space Shuttle program. In five years, they flew 24 missions. By comparison, it took NASA ten years to reach that same number during the Space Race era. It seemed like in the early going, there was a shuttle leaving the launch pad every other week. It was not uncommon to have two missions leave within a few weeks of one another. In 1985 alone, NASA flew nine missions, a number that had never been matched in a single year since. As a matter of fact, Challenger, despite being the second orbiter built, ended up flying the most missions of all the orbiters during this time (10, I believe?), more than the Columbia.

    When you move at such a breakneck pace, something is bound to go catastrophically wrong.

    What I also (happily) learned of was the incredible solidarity shown by the American people during this time. It is the sort of solidarity you simply do not see anymore. What a shame.

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