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Date: 03/22/08 10:00 AM

78 Responses to Amateur Video of the Space Shuttle Challenger

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:26 am
    Link: Amateur Video of the Space Shuttle Challenger - Videotaped on the morning of January 28, 1986. How many I-A-Bers remember this explosion? How many were even born?
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    Apple_18 Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:34 am
    so does this mean im first? O.o

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    twodollars Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:40 am
    Wow, how sad. That was a cool perspective to see it from
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    sponged Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:45 am
    i wasnt born when this exploded
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    Acatinahat Female 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:47 am
    wow thats scary.
    interesting though.
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    Xerasia Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:47 am
    i was nine, i remember they showed it to us in school (live) and then when it exploded they shut the tv off quickly.
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    Giligadi Male 40-49
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:47 am
    I remember watching the Challenger liftoff on TV at home because i was out `sick` that day. Most of the people in my school watched it in class too, though, because of the teacher on board for that mission. It was a bummer then and it`s a bummer now. Nice fireball, though. I love the hopeful dude toward the end saying something about seeing a parachute off to the left.
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    Myxgyglplx Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:49 am
    I heard about it (don`t remember how), and told my teacher. She told me to shut up and stop making up stories like that.

    Last year I earned over 7 times her salary.

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    sam8380 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 11:01 am
    it`s something that`s sad, shocking and morbidly interesting at the same time. I think it took them a few days to recover the remains of the orbiter from the sea. They found that some of the crew had time to activate their emergency oxygen tanks, meaning that there`s a chance they were alive until impact with the sea nearly 2 minutes later. There is a video that was found made by the colombia crew just before entry, although i`ve been unable to find a link to it.
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    ElGuillermo Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 11:14 am
    Saw it live, seen it a million times... well... What do you expect sitting on a 200k liters of liquid hydrogen tank ? This stuff is quite dangerous, as you can see.
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    whereRwe Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 11:32 am
    Sad day. I`ll never forget.
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    tnaran Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 11:47 am
    I was in grade 9 English class when people listening to their walkmans began spreading the story. I didn`t want to believe it, and I rushed home and turned on CNN. I felt like someone stole the future from me. :-(

    I still feel a tiny stomach clinch when I see the main tank exploding. T_T

    Scary thought: at least a couple of the astronauts were conscious after the explosion to turn on their emergency oxygen supplies as the crew cabin fell (in tact) several miles to the Atlantic Ocean below.

    It still makes me angry why it happened: douchebag administrators worried about looking embarrassed pushing a launch over their safety engineers concerns; douchebag managers at Thiokol who suppressed one of their own engineers who expressed concern over launching in freezing conditions. After all these years, I`m _still_ angry about it.

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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:01 pm
    That was three days after my 5th birthday, so while I don`t remember it actually happening, I do recall people talking about it in the years following.
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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    "It still makes me angry why it happened: douchebag administrators worried about looking embarrassed pushing a launch over their safety engineers concerns; douchebag managers at Thiokol who suppressed one of their own engineers who expressed concern over launching in freezing conditions."

    God bless human nature, eh?

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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:31 pm
    God bless human nature, eh?

    More like "God bless corporate culture."
    Did you ever read Dilbert, the comic? It`s more accurate than you`d imagine.

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    Max_Normal Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm
    Yeah, I saw it and then went and got stoned. It was on the news as many times as 9/11. Been totally disillusioned with the shuttle thing for years anyway. Had a model kit of it when I was about 7 years old and now I`m 39 and they`re still using them. Thought that we would at least have starships by now when I was that age. What a gyp.
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    luckyse7en Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm
    Scary.... And I wasn`t born that time yet. -_-
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    Red5TheFinn Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:53 pm
    That was a cool explosion cloud.
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    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 1:16 pm
    historical day aint it..

    the amazin thing is that we havent given up on our journey to space

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    i-am-horny Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm
    Tis, I wasent even born then :S, is a nastey event but i hope they have learnt from this, when i started to watch this and saw the explosion i was hoping it was just a satalite no people :(...
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    vthings Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm
    We didn`t watch it but the teacher told us after lunch. I was shocked for five minutes and then forgot all about it. 2nd graders can`t be asked to care about something for longer than that.
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    django7 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm
    This happened the day my family and I were flying to Spain. My mother told me that "God would not let two disasters happen in one day."
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    defendors87 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm
    absolutely heartbreaking. imagine being a family member of one of the crew and the excitement you would be feeling as they were going up into space. then watching it explode and the horror and pain you would feel. :(
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    lmaonaise Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm
    anyne else notice how the tip of the cloud look like the grim reaper for a bit?
  25. Profile photo of The_Maddog
    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:05 pm
    I remember it. Sad day.
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    steve19970 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm
    I watched it happen. I went to 1st grade in St. Cloud, FL, which is just over an hour from Kennedy Space Center. As we were walking to Art Class, we looked over and saw the shuttle launch, so we stopped to watch. Then we saw the explosion. Our teacher rushed us back to our classroom and turned the television on, in order to find out what happened.

    My mom says that I obsessed about it for quite a while (I wanted to be an astronaut at the time, and even managed to end up in the aerospace industry)...she said that I kept asking "Did they find the bodies?" Anyway, that`s a day I will NEVER forget.

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    JGESS Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm
    i remember that...i was in first grade and my grandpa took me home from school because i was sick... i was standing next to him behind my couch watching it on tv...never forget where i was for that and 9/11
  28. Profile photo of Samela
    Samela Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    I don`t remember it happening because it happened, but I remember all the adults and older kids were pretty freaked out by it. I was four at the time.

    What really gets me watching this video is the quality of it. It`s pretty high quality for an amateur video from 1986, wouldn`t you say?

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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm
    I was home from school on a snow day. I remember I was cleaning my room, and my sister called me in to watch it. They showed the footage over and over to Christie`s family. "How does it make you feel?"
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    littleronin Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm
    I remember being home from school with the chicken pox and my dad saying that I could watch it. I havent watched one since.
  31. Profile photo of GL_Sector616
    GL_Sector616 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm
    I was only a few months old. Don`t recall it. Sucks though.
  32. Profile photo of unbwogable
    unbwogable Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm
    @sam8380: I thought the same thing, but apparently not:
  33. Profile photo of unbwogable
    unbwogable Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm
    And also:
  34. Profile photo of Djmartyn
    Djmartyn Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm
    I was actually born 12 days i was alive...just not born....
  35. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm
    I was 8. Learned about it at school and the teacher made us take a moment of silence because it was such a tragedy for all of us ( back then they were thinking that everyone would be in space by now ).
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    frashii Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm
    One of the rather interesting things about the high school in Wasilla, Alaska is that we had a huge satelleite dish... and we watched the lift off live... not the newsfeed, but the raw non-commerical feed.

    We didn`t fully comprehend what we saw in real time until it was explained to us a few minutes later on TV. Talk about something you never forget..


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    Bucky Katt Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm
    I watched this unfold in school. The only reason we were watching was because Krista McAuliffe was on board.

    I was 8 and I remember my teachers in shock, crying as well, but the class & I did not understand what was going on at the time.

    I did a project based totally around The Challenger in 7th grade. My mother still has the newspapers from that day. I actually made it to the district wide finals(we have school districts in NYC).

    Krista McAuliffe & The Challenger tragedy is really what got me interested in astronomy to this day.

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    Devonish Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm
    I remember watching this live on TV, and the disbelief as to what just happened, very sad.
  39. Profile photo of Bucky Katt
    Bucky Katt Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm
    unbwogable, thanks for posting the two links..thank you oh so very much!!
  40. Profile photo of Maelstrom_x
    Maelstrom_x Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm
    I was born 2 months later. :\
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    I was an idea when this exploded.
  42. Profile photo of skippy562
    skippy562 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 4:43 pm
    in the future were gonna do the same thing but for 9/11
  43. Profile photo of TreyPhish
    TreyPhish Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm
    I was 5 when this happened, I remember watching it live at school. I was good friends with Caroline McAuliffe, Christa`s daughter. The McAuliffe`s lived right up the street from me, and Christa was a teacher at the local high school. What a tragedy. I only hope the cabin depressurized and they were all unconscious before the descent & impact.
  44. Profile photo of PJF1313
    PJF1313 Male 40-49
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    March 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm
    Very interesting video. I remember that morning like it was yesterday, I wasnt watching the liftoff but as I flipped through channels I saw the news channels and the rest of the day was spent watching.
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    tashimashi Female 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm
    This is so sad, I wasn`t alive when it happened, but how horrifying!!
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    TacoChel Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm
    I wasn`t born yet, but I remember hearing of it afterwards. Then again... who hasn`t heard about this?

    Very tragic.

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    cjrock Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 6:48 pm
    i was born but i was only 1 so i dont remember that happening
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    auntpookie Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 7:34 pm
    I was in 1st grade and we were all in the library watching it. I remember the explosion but that was it.
  49. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm
    Space Travel is going to see a lot more instances like these before humanity becomes a truly advanced race, especially in light of the push for Space Tourism.

    It is just further proof that unmanned exploration is a lot more feasible until we have refined our technology to a higher degree than where we now stand.

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    Snorgledork Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm
    That little dot in the center of the screen is proof that the explosion was staged, just like 9/11 and world hunger.
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    yankee15 Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 8:57 pm
    I was 15 and in school when that happened. I remember all the schools were watching it because of Christa McAuliffe, but for some reson I don`t remember seeing it live. My niece was born that afternoon too, right around the same time.
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    843 Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm
    I was born 3 years later, and I had no idea until today.
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    hehehenerd Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    i was born EXACTLY 8 years after, thats right, i was born january 28, 1994
  54. Profile photo of pangYA
    pangYA Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm
    I heard the news in my high school computer class. Went home at lunch, watched it on TV, didn`t go back to school that day.
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    Bobofette Male 70 & Over
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm
    what a joke
    this is noob stuff >.>
    i can make better space ships in my sleep
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    Godzukis_Dad Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm
    At the risk of ridicule and torture, does anyone remember the sick jokes that followed shortly after?

    The one I remember is "What does NASA stand for?".... "Need another Seven Astronauts".

    We humans find humor in the strangest places.

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    Challenger23 Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm
    oddly enough I was born when this happened. :/
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    tehbionic Female 18-29
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    March 23, 2008 at 3:07 am
    This was two and a half weeks before I was born. But I was interested in space science growing up and my grandma made sure I knew all about it.
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    thestringy Male 18-29
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    March 23, 2008 at 6:09 am
    i was not alive when this happened but i have read so much about it, and seen this video countless times, and it still never feels any better with each time i see it
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    icantthink41 Male 18-29
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    March 23, 2008 at 7:38 am
    I was 6 months, 3 days old
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    Tekno Female 30-39
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    March 23, 2008 at 9:46 am
    I was 9 when this happened. And sadly I was oblivious of the explosion. Just too sad.. /cry
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    quick_sand8 Female 40-49
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    March 23, 2008 at 10:12 am
    I had the TV on, was cleaning house while youngest not in school yet daughter was playing with her toys. Said "look Tammy, see the rocket ship?", and then that happened, the news reports went wild after that. Very sad for all involved, especially the all the students from the school the teacher was from were watching and just saw her die....
    It wasn`t a good morning nationwide.
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    x13purplesta Female 30-39
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    March 23, 2008 at 1:01 pm
    I was almost 14 and grade 9. I remember pretty well but it`s worth seeing again. I don`t like to forget these things. Reminds me to be happy with the life I have and live every moment like it`s my last.
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    jetmark Male 30-39
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    March 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    I was in 10th grade.
    It was the story of the year.

    Mostly because of Christa McAuliff (sp?).
    Many, many teachers wanted to be on that launch.

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    larajunky Female 40-49
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    March 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm
    I was alive and I remember it like it was yesterday. We all gathered around because we were SO excited! I watched it from home with my Mother who worked on the the Space Shuttle (radar portion). She was devistated. It took her a long while for her to stop crying. Depression set in too. I felt so sorry for everyone on board as well as my Mother. :-( :-( :-(
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    kurdizzzz Male 13-17
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    March 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm
    i wasn`t alive. interesting video though.
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    Tigergirl990 Female 13-17
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    March 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm
    i wasn`t born, but my mom and Dad were
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    TheHyra Male 13-17
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    March 23, 2008 at 5:13 pm
    i was -9 (not born) at the time, and this is quite wierd that they would show it, horribly sick if anyone died, but there was a parachute thing so hopefully that meant nobody was fatally injured...
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    cmheiple Male 18-29
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    March 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm
    Happened a few months before I was born. That`s the first video footage I`ve seen of it
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    littleladey Female 18-29
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    March 23, 2008 at 9:05 pm
    what`s this say about the u.s.? we`re not shot calers
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    thubanstar Female 50-59
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    March 23, 2008 at 9:29 pm
    TheHyra... they all died.. the parachute can onlly be used to slow the shuttle after landing, it`s not big enough to float the shuttle down, especially after it erupted in a fireball!

    I can`t believe they are still using the shuttle nad have not built something more along the lines of an airplane with different engines for earth and space. Seems like I used to hear about the "space plane" every few years.

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    Aintudied Male 18-29
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    March 24, 2008 at 8:05 am
    I LOL`D
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    March 24, 2008 at 8:29 am
    they where building something to replace the shuttle,but thank bush and his imbecile war for that going to hell,most all funding for it was cut
    wasnt born till 2 years after this but remember when the columbia blew up,kept thinking that by now we have the tech to build a effective ship for space about the size of a small frigate but instead thanks to corporate society we use stuff nearing 40 years of age
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    Kane821 Female 30-39
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    March 24, 2008 at 8:50 pm
    What a sad and tragic event. I was staying at my Grndmothers house, home "sick" from school (just faking it of course). My aunt lived 5 houses down the street from her and she was there at the time. I remember wakin up that morning and thinking "Ah, I pulled it off again...."Sick" and staying at Gram`s house". So I was home alone and got myself a bowl of cereal and settled down in front of the TV hoping to catch a cartoon or two. Much to my dismay, every local channel was carrying the shuttle liftoff. (I was in the 5th grade at the time, so I was not that into news or current events). Just as my attention span was about to give up on the coverage and search for more "entertaining" telelvision, I witnessed the horrible event unfold before my eyes. I quickly picked up the phone and dialed my Grandmother down the street and (I distinctly remember the words I spoke) "Gram, turn on the TV. Something`s going really bad"....That was
  75. Profile photo of tamsox76
    tamsox76 Female 30-39
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    March 25, 2008 at 9:39 am
    I was in grade school and I remember being sent home as soon as it happened. When i go home I just remember sitting in front of the TV watching the footage not believing what I kept seeing. It was a very sad day, and back then going to space was still a big deal! Today, none follows the launches and no one really knows what we are even doing up there. It`s a disgrace to the astronaunts that died that day!
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    Jujubean3333 Female 13-17
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    March 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm
    i wasnt born till 7 years later, but watching this gives me chills cuz its so weird to see cuz its so heartbreaking... just witnessed the death of people, it creeps me out... its so sad tho
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    thedobkins Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    I was in class watching on TV, because of the teacher on board. It was a big deal to all the teachers and us students. We saw it explode and everyone was quiet, then my teacher turned the TV off and just started teaching the next lesson. Like 3rd grade or something. Sad
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    bigjames02 Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    I was alive on this fateful day, but I was only 19 months old. My parents have told me about watching it on TV, and my sisters have told me about seeing it in school. My oldest sister (who was a freshman in HS at the time) was watching it live in her science class. There was shock in the room after the explosion. Just and unreal sight that would sadly be repeated in 2003.

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