Since I was little I have always been fascinated by the Space Program.
Later, visits to the Cosmospere in Hutchinson, Kansas fueled my interest.
I also saved newspaper clippings and other items about the Space Program. Today I decided to look at my collection for the first time in many years.
I resisted the urge to sit down and leaf through the entire collection. Instead I pulled out the first few pieces about the Challenger tragedy.
The Challenger Shuttle tragedy happened 28 years ago today. At the time I was in college in Dallas. I can vividly remember going down to the student commons between class and seeing everyone gathered around the TV screen watching the events unfold. It was a sad day and one that I will always remember.
My scanner is not large enough to give the big headline that was in the Dallas Times Herald the next morning.
The main headlines were:
Shuttle explosion kills crew
Seven die as Challenger disintegrates after launch
Space shuttle Challenger explodes in a ball of fire Tuesday, 71 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral
It was the first of many clippings that I saved about the Challenger tragedy.
I saved many clippings about the investigations into the tragedy. I have a connection to one of the members of the investigation board, but that story will have to wait for a future post.
My Dad subscribed to U.S. News and World Report and he saved the issue that first covered the Challenger tragedy. I am having good memories as I type this of reading and discussing news with my Dad when I was in High School.
Even though I am remembering the sadness of the Challenger tragedy today, I am also having good memories of following the Space Program through the years.
Do you remember where you were that day?