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(Some Guy)   17 years ago today, Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after take-off   ( space.about.com) divider line
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2003-01-28 12:52:12 PM  
Thanks... I now know where I was 17 years ago today.

In the cafeteria at San Diego City College bulls**tting with my buddies when I was supposed to be in class.
2003-01-28 12:58:47 PM  
I was home sick from school the day it happened. I was eating chicken soup when the deal went down.
I was also home sick from school the day Reagan was shot.
I don't take many sick days thankfully.
2003-01-28 01:07:49 PM  
Yea, on my birthday. Thanks for the reminder.
2003-01-28 01:07:51 PM  
...and ushered in a new era of tasteless jokes.
2003-01-28 01:07:57 PM  
You guys remember that? Holy crap you're OOOOOOOLD!!!!
2003-01-28 01:08:04 PM  
I was at home because I had missed the bus, and my mom didn't feel like driving me. I got the day off just to watch the Challenger blow up.

In two days, the 17th anniversary of the first Challenger jokes. You know, remember, and love them all. Begin posting of those in 3, 2,...
2003-01-28 01:08:27 PM  
I'm old.
2003-01-28 01:08:39 PM  
I've just got one image in my head, sitting in one of those awful one-piece desks, looking up at the crappy TV, with the smoke trails exploding out. One single image.

I guess maybe the best thing you can say about people is that we do things we don't have to, and take risks we don't have to, because we want to know more about the world.

The worst thing you can say is that sometimes we do the same thing because we just want more power.
2003-01-28 01:08:41 PM  
i'm glad nobody has ever cracked a joke about that sad, sad incident...
2003-01-28 01:09:07 PM  
need another seven astronauts!
2003-01-28 01:09:13 PM  
Wow, I was in Jr. High. Some kid came up and told me, and I didn't believe him. But when I got to class they had TVs in all the classrooms.
2003-01-28 01:09:25 PM  
I was in elementary school, standing outside watching the space shuttle lift off when it exploded. They sent us home from school. That was a bad day.
2003-01-28 01:09:58 PM  
okok... something about launch meat... blew eyes, one blew left and... vacationing all over florida....
2003-01-28 01:10:15 PM  
I was in 4th grade, In class, watching the launch live on TV. Sitting next to a cute girl. Hmm, I wonder what happened to her :^(
2003-01-28 01:11:25 PM  
Back when we used to watched every space launch live...shiatty day.
2003-01-28 01:12:07 PM  
Let's see, I was a junior in high school, the seniors, who sometimes got to eat out for lunch, were coming back to school with lines like 'Hey dude, the shuttle blew up!'. We didn't believe them until the all-school announcement over the PA. Boy, that WAS a while back!
2003-01-28 01:12:08 PM  
I was 5 or 6 and remember hearing about it on the radio in my dad's car. I loved space and aliens and things like that when I was that age...coincidentally, there was a mild earthquake in Detroit that day, too....
2003-01-28 01:12:09 PM  
This is a tribute that I made for today...

2003-01-28 01:12:19 PM  
6th grade - William Allen Middle School - man, that was terrible. I think it really hit home since there was a teacher on board, and we had all sent letters of encouragement and were watching it excitedly live. That was a pretty bad day.
2003-01-28 01:12:25 PM  
They had gotten us all into the gym to watch it (I was in 5th grade) because of the teacher on board. They then had to console 400 screaming and crying children when it exploded.

God d*mn, I feel old.
2003-01-28 01:12:39 PM  
It added a whole new meaning to "major malfunction". If I'm ever on a plane and hear those words I'm going to stuff my ass with coal so some lucky paramedic can get rich on the diamonds.
2003-01-28 01:13:01 PM  
One blue this way, one blue that way.
2003-01-28 01:13:48 PM  
For some strange reason, I don't remember the what/where/whens/whys of that day for me. I probably was at the office and after that, probably was partying my brains out. Aaaaahhhh the 80's - good times.

I do remember when Lennon was shot and to age myself even further... when Elvis "died", Lynrd Skynrd plane crashed...
2003-01-28 01:14:18 PM  
10 years ago yesterday Andre the Giant died.
2003-01-28 01:14:51 PM  
I was 6 months old. I have no idea where I was ;).
2003-01-28 01:14:55 PM  
...and it took a physicist sticking an o-ring in a glass of ice-water to blow the top off the investigation, too.

Richard Feynman, for those who need to brush up on their geniuses.
2003-01-28 01:15:14 PM  
Godzirrrra: But his posse lives on.
2003-01-28 01:15:26 PM  
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2003-01-28 01:15:56 PM  
5th grade, and YOU feel old??

I had just gotten back to my dorm room from class (college), and I heard about it a few minutes later... if I'd been looking out my window at the time I'd probably have seen it. But when you're 18 you have other priorities.

Very bad day, indeed.
2003-01-28 01:16:09 PM  
Woodshop... Working on a half-pipe with my best friend. We went to the school cafeteria where some of the teachers had wheeled out one of those decrepit 'educational video' quality TV sets.

I remember how it felt. My history teacher cried through the my whole next class.
2003-01-28 01:16:11 PM  
7th grade- someone cracked a joke the day it happened, and my English teacher FREAKED on the whole class, talking about how his brother made it to the top 10 candidates and then was chosen, but took a swig of champagne and freaking grabbed a jetpack and went nuts.

Okay, that second part was from the Simpsons, but he still freaked on us, of that you can be sure.
2003-01-28 01:16:27 PM  
What a crummy day. I was at OU and that night while delivering pizzas a dog ran out in front of me and I hit it while the owner watched in horror.

That was a low day.
2003-01-28 01:17:30 PM  
I was in my dorm lobby watching it with about 20 other girls in their PJs. I called my father and told him to turn on the TV because the shuttle had blown up. He hung up without saying another word. Sad day.
2003-01-28 01:18:35 PM  
Hmm, Let's see... I was in fourth grade English -- Mrs Webb -- when she took a call and came back to the room to tell us the terrible news.

Oh wait, that was 11/22/63. Wrong event.


2003-01-28 01:19:29 PM  
Jr. high school in East Detroit MI. What a day.
2003-01-28 01:19:37 PM  
Never mind those who were kids in elementary school, I have to wonder what the scene was at the teacher's school.
2003-01-28 01:19:56 PM  
This was easily the most horrifying experience of my young life. Even now, I get goosebumps watching the video. I was at home sick as I recall, but everyone at the school was watching it live. My mother freaked out and started crying when it happened, I was just in shock. Then, we went to pick up my siblings from school and everyone there was crying. Truly a terrible tragedy, and one of the defining moments of the lives of all of the millions of people who witnessed it, particularly those of us who were still little kids.

I loved the space program, and watched every launch. I had a toy space shuttle, and a patch from when the shuttle landed at White Sands in 1980 (or was it 81?). The Challenger disaster is something that will stay fresh in my mind forever.
2003-01-28 01:20:27 PM  
Did you know that they had shampoo om board,....they founf head and shoulders all over the place.
2003-01-28 01:20:27 PM  
My entire 5th grade class was watching the takeoff on television when that happened. Serious trauma for a group of 10 year old kids.

****moment of silence****
2003-01-28 01:20:38 PM  
Over-Under on posts it takes to respond to Lsu_girl's "20 girls in PJs" comment is 10 posts. I take the under.
2003-01-28 01:20:58 PM  
Leppe007: Damn young whippersnappers. ;)

It was a few weeks right before we got married. We walked from where we were living at the time to Bayshore Blvd. here in Tampa. Sad day.
2003-01-28 01:21:08 PM  
I was in Germany at the time, so we had to wait til the delayed CNN footage to hear about it. But my elementary school on base was very much into the Challenger event. We had a walkathon the day earlier and each received medals for completing the race. It had a picture of the Challenger in orbit over the earth. It was just so sad for everyone to look at those medals from that day on.

The medal was very cool, I'd post a picture of it if my folks weren't so adamant on keeping it at their place.
2003-01-28 01:21:17 PM  
I was in Mrs Brinkman's music class. 3rd grade. They announced it over the PA system. Mrs Brinkman the only woman to ever drag me by the ear began crying. I was conviced the shuttle had blown up quite close to the school (I was in Canada) why else would they interupt Mrs. Brinkman???
2003-01-28 01:21:17 PM  
I saw it live in school too. Like another post said, I only have one memory of it. Sitting in a desk watching in amazement at the shuttle blowing up.
2003-01-28 01:21:32 PM  
Today in History - Jan. 28
By The Associated Press

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 28, 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.

On this date:

In 1853, Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.

In 1878, the first commercial telephone switchboard went into operation, in New Haven, Conn.

In 1878, the first daily college newspaper, the ``Yale News,'' began publication in New Haven, Conn.

In 1909, the United States ended direct control over Cuba.

In 1915, the Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress.

In 1916, Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.

In 1945, during World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

In 1980, six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.

In 1982, Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued U.S. Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier, 42 days after he had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.

Ten years ago: The Israeli Supreme Court unanimously upheld the deportations of 400 Palestinians from the occupied territories to Lebanon. Funeral services were held in Washington for former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Five years ago: The day after his State of the Union address, President Clinton barnstormed in the nation's heartland, where he was warmly received; accompanying him was Vice President Al Gore, who urged Americans to ``join me in supporting him and standing by his side.''

One year ago: Hamid Karzai became the first Afghan leader to visit Washington in 39 years; President George W. Bush promised a ``lasting partnership'' with Afghanistan. Afghan troops backed by U.S. Special Forces stormed a hospital ward in Kandahar, killing six al-Qaida gunmen who had repeatedly refused to surrender. An Ecuadorean jetliner crashes in the Andes across the border in Colombia, killing all 92 aboard. ``Pippi Longstocking'' creator Astrid Lindgren died in Stockholm, Sweden, at age 84.

Today's Birthdays: Musician-composer Acker Bilk is 74. Author Susan Sontag is 70. Actor Nicholas Pryor is 68. Actor Alan Alda is 67. Actress Susan Howard is 61. Actress Marthe Keller is 58. Actress-singer Barbi Benton is 53. Actress Harley Jane Kozak is 46. Rock musician Dave Sharp is 44. Rock singer Sam Phillips is 41. Country musician Greg Cook (Ricochet) is 38. Singer Sarah McLachlan is 35. Rapper Rakim is 35. DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) is 35. Singer Joey Fatone Jr. ('N Sync) is 26. Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 23. Actor Elijah Wood is 22
2003-01-28 01:21:47 PM  
I was in 8th grade. And I ended up mentioning the whole thing in my graduation speech. (yea, in small town america, we graduated from 8th grade before we went to high school - I don't think some people ever graduated from anything ever again).

I remember I was in Social Studies class. I didn't believe it at first either. Had to be a joke. Sadly, it wasn't.
2003-01-28 01:21:47 PM  
I can't even figure what grade/age I was at, I was sitting in the gym with the whole class when it exploded.

We all looked at Mr. Smith who was vying for the spot on the Challenger. Needless to say he was white, and we all hugged him.
2003-01-28 01:21:56 PM  
OK why is the 17 aniversary news worthy?

I thought the 16th was better.
2003-01-28 01:22:34 PM  
Just got home from working midnight shift.
2003-01-28 01:23:06 PM  
Junior High for me too. Almost the same situation as AbbyNormal. Weird.
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