View Full Version : 4th Grade Project (Challenger)

01-27-2006, 08:07 AM
My 4th grade class spent almost half the school year studying for the launch. It was especially exciting because we were going to see it live on TV (A big deal 20 years ago). We had studied the bios on the crew, especially the teacher, Christa McAuliffe, and knew about all the experiments they were set to run.

I'm not trying to be dramatic, what happened was no trauma, but I've never forgotten it. It's like one of those flash memory moments, where you always remember where you were what you were doing.

The details are pretty blurry though. I can't for the life of me remember whether the TV was suspended from the ceiling w/ one of those brackets, or if it was wheeled in on a rack. All I remember is that it was to the left of the blackboard, and I was standing; looking up at it.

01-27-2006, 09:01 AM
That sounds striking alright!We got off school before lunch to go home to watch the FIRST shuttle launch on TV when I was a kid here in Ireland....Bet there are loads of folk here with 1969 memories!Sputnik anybody!!!???

01-27-2006, 09:17 AM
There is so much I remember about the Challenger... but the thing I remember most is the look on Christa McCauliff's mother's face.
Confusion followed by horror and dispair.

My friend woke me out of sleep...(I worked third shift at the time)... and said 'It blew up.' I knew exactly what he meant.

So I turned on the TV to see Maria Shriver reporting what happened....

a very sad day in exploration.

I remember Dec 2nd 1988. I was enesthatized and being preped for major surgury. I was pretty high. On the TV hanging above my head was the lift off of Discovery (I think it was Discovery).

I started clapping and cheering at the 1 minute and 9 second mark. Everyone thought I was loosing it untill I pointed out the amazing thing happening on the screens.

Almost everyone stopped what they were doing. You could see the relief and pride at what was transpiring in front of us.

01-27-2006, 10:08 AM
I was in High School French class. Not sure why we were watching the shuttle launch in French class, but I'm reminded of the Challenger everytime I hear the expression "Mon Dieu!"

Wow... tomorrow is 20 years.

01-27-2006, 10:13 AM
i was in the 3rd grade myself....that day i was home on the couch sick w/ the flu.... remember it all like yesterday http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

01-27-2006, 11:32 AM
I was walking to the food court at college when one of my fraternity brothers stopped me and told me that the shuttle blew up. Man I was stunned and watched the news clips of the accident the rest of the afternoon. It was a sad day for NASA and you felt like you lost friends there since the mission was so closely covered. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

01-27-2006, 11:33 AM
I was in 2nd Grade in the Afternoon Shift, I saw it live in the morning, after that, now in school everybody was talking about it.

01-27-2006, 11:58 AM
Very sad indeed ... could have been avoided. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is down the road from me.

http://www.starhop.com/home.htm Christa McAuliffe Planetarium (http://www.starhop.com/home.htm)


01-27-2006, 12:40 PM
I was in Indonesia at the time, attending Jakarta International School. Due to the time difference the first I knew was when I read about a column inch about it in the Jakarta Post before I went to school. It said something along the lines of "The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch and all 7 crew are feared dead." That was it. I couldn't believe it, how could something so momentous just be a column inch, as such I didn't believe it. When I got to school and it turned out the orbiter had been lost with all crew it was like everyone had lost a brother. That school had people from 57 different countries attending it and almost all of us felt that way.

The recent orbiter loss really resonated with me. I was very aware how little it seemed to impact people compared to the Challenger. Back then it was like we'd all lost a friend.

01-27-2006, 01:49 PM
Originally posted by georgeo76:

I'm not trying to be dramatic, what happened was no trauma, but I've never forgotten it. It's like one of those flash memory moments, where you always remember where you were what you were doing.

Bit like the Day Lady Diana died, I was at a Off the tracks Party come concert, my mate was the Bar manager and I hardly spent a penny.... I left to come home at 7.30 Am a bit under the weather( Bar still Open )
having been in there since 4pm the night before and a Girl I know met me coming out as she was going into work, she told me......... saddened me, having met her on several occasions..

Was a real shame, the times I talked to Lady Diana she was always courtesy and interested, Her husband at the time on the other hand was dull and so full of shhhhhhh.....

01-28-2006, 07:44 AM