Monday, January 28th, 2008
“Obviously A Major Malfunction”
On this date, at 8:39 a.m. Pacific Time in 1986, Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik, five of them parents, died aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
By that time, shuttle missions had become routine and often ignored, but this time the first member of the Teacher in Space Project was aboard. Classes that weren’t watching the event live may have been after-the-fact. My eighth grade science teacher rolled in a TV after the news broke. It’s probably an indelible memory in many of our minds and should remain so.
This reminder via Neatorama, though this reminder isn’t very neat.