Where were you 25 years ago when Challenger blew up?

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    Elementary school. Had a sub. They announced over the PA. Our sub's daughter worked for NASA... I remember her (the teacher) being really upset as well!!! Didn't really see it until we got home from school.
     
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    I was a student at the school where I am now teaching. We were in the gym setting up for the science fair. I still remember just where I was standing when the principal came into the gym and announced to all of us what had happened. Sad day in our nation.
     
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    I was a newlywed washing the dishes at the sink of our first apartment in Chicago. I didn't go to my college classes that afternoon but sat in front of the tv all afternoon.
     
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    I was in 6th grade. I am from the community where the shuttle pilot, Mike Smith was from. He was actually married to my dad's cousin. We were all watching the launch because he was a hometown hero. It was rough.
     
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    I was 4 and in daycare so I don't remember much. Watching video of it though still makes me tear up.

    midwest~how sad for the whole community.
     
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    I was in junior high and we watched it. I was in complete shock because I had seen Challenger on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral when I toured it two years before. My parents were absolutely devastated because they were so excited for McAuliffe. One of their colleagues was a finalist for being the teacher on the flight (he was the top pick for PA).
     
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    I am pretty sure I was in school - kindergarten I guess. I don't remember it very clearly, but I do remember it.

    A scholarship in Christa McAuliffe's honor put me through college to become a teacher.
     
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    I was in the 4th grade, standing in line at the water fountain after PE when a teacher ran out of a classroom to tell our PE teacher what happened (her class had been watching).
     
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    I was a senior in high school. I just happen to be home that day sick from school. watched the whole thing on TV.
     
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    As an "oldie", I was teaching in the same classroom I am in now. We have always gone outside to see the launch-even though we are on the other coast, you could see the flames and con-trail, once it got high enough. That day, we didn't see it and figured we just missed it. A few minutes later, another teacher came in and told me what happened. I was stunned, but the day just went on as usual.
     
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    I was only 2 so I don't remember, but it still makes me sad to think about it.
     
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    I was in first grade, but we all had gathered in the third grade room to watch it on TV. I don't really remember understanding what was going on, but I do remember our teachers quickly turning off the TV and shuffling us back to our room.
     
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    i was a junior in HS. happened to be in the library where they were showing it. I had just turned to walk down some stairs and heard the noise and turned around.
    I have been back to my HS about a billion times. EVERY time i am in the library at that step down area, i think of the explosion.
     
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    I was in kindergarten. I remember seeing pictures of it on the news.
     
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    I was a young adult who'd grown up with the space race, and I was living in England. From across our sitting room I saw on the BBC the now-familiar image of brilliant blue sky and exotically convoluted cloud that could have been beautiful had its cause been less dreadful. It took some time to grasp what had happened.

    That was the week that the gas company was doing work in our neighborhood, checking pipes and replacing gas meters. In the mornings, two cheerful men in the customary blue coveralls would go from house to house to inform anyone who was at home that the gas was about to be shut off; in the evenings they would come around again with word that the gas was being turned back on. They'd fielded my questions, and I'd thanked them.

    The day after Challenger blew up, the workmen came around to announce that the work was done and the gas was back on for good. One of the pair - it hadn't been hard for them to figure out that I was a Yank - surprised and touched me by offering his sympathies on America's loss. He then added, "I've always rather thought of the space program as being not just America's but the world's."

    I don't know how anyone else feels, but that has always been how I hoped the world saw it.
     
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    I am one of the "old" ones. I was actually getting fitted for my bridal gown when I heard about it.
     
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    I was in 4th grade and my teacher got a tv into the room to let us watch the launch during Science class. We saw it blow up and we had no idea what happened. I think the teacher started crying.
     
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    I was a 3-year-old!
     
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    I would have been 1...don't remember it.
     

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