January 28 2006

20 Years

I had just walked in to Mrs. Coy’s business class when someone ran up to me and shouted in my face “Did you see it? Did you see it?” I had no clue what they were talking about, and they ran off. It was a few more minutes before any one said the words “Challanger” and “explosion” to me. I couldn’t tell you one thing I did in school the rest of the day, I walked around in a daze. My mom was picking me up from school that day and she filled me in on all the details I hadn’t heard during the day.

I have always loved space and space exploriation, and this just blew me away. No one had died in the pursuit of the space program during my lifetime, and here we lost seven in one day. It was hard for me to get my head around. My actual first thought was terrorism because I couldn’t beieve NASA would have such a monumental disaster. We all learned differently later, but I still back the program, even after the Columbia disaster, we have to keep pushing the boundaries, we have to reach out further and find out what is out there.

Let Us Remember

Francis R. “Dick” Scobee

Michael J. Smith

Christa McAuliffe
(the first ‘Teacher in Space’)

Ellison S. Onizuka
(Mission Specialist)

Judith A. Resnick
(Mission Specialist)

Ronald E. McNair
(Mission Specialist)

Gregory B. Jarvis
(Payload Specialist)

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