Remembering The Challenger

Twenty-five years ago, the space-shuttle Challenger exploded moments after launch, which resulted in the deaths of Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe most-famously, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.

The photo above is Challenger making its way to the launch pad through a heavy fog. I was out sick from school that day, and vaguely remember it being the first time I had ever seen my mother cry.  She was a college classmate and acquaintance of McAuliffe at Framingham State; her excitement and the anticipation of seeing someone she knew — another teacher — be launched into space and then whip-lashed to tragedy so quickly upset her. But I didn’t understand this as a young child. I only processed something awful happened that day because it was easy to understand how sad my mother had become.  [via gearfuse]

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