This Month Marks The 32 Year Anniversary Of The 1986 Challenger Explosion

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in News & Politics Science


Everyone alive during the event remembers the moment they found out about it -- where were you?

The most harrowing Challenger fact from Wikipedia:

The crew cabin, made of reinforced aluminum, was a particularly robust section of the orbiter. During vehicle breakup, it detached in one piece and slowly tumbled into a ballistic arc. NASA estimated the load factor at separation to be between 12 and 20 g; within two seconds it had already dropped to below 4 g and within 10 seconds the cabin was in free fall. The forces involved at this stage were probably insufficient to cause major injury.

At least some of the crew were probably alive and at least briefly conscious after the breakup, as three of the four recovered Personal Egress Air Packs (PEAPs) on the flight deck were found to have been activated. Investigators found their remaining unused air supply consistent with the expected consumption during the 2 minute 45 second post-breakup trajectory.
There are 43 comments:
Male 577
I am proud to say that Christa McAuliffe was most definatey, by far, my favorite teacher. I came to 8th grade history class, every day without a pencil. Every day she would give me one and say, this is the 'last time'. The world lost some great people that sad day.
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Male 6,496
wellsy57 That's pretty cool that you knew her.
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Male 577
markust123 True Dat! 
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Male 5,035
I was at work. I remember a bunch of people blaming President Reagan for the disaster. Some things never change.
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Male 6,496
trimble You’re hilarious. Even in your memories you somehow shuffle things around to try and make liberals look bad. Reagan addressed the nation 5 1/2 hours after it happened. He absolutely knocked his response out of the park. Reagan could not have done a better job handling the disaster.
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Male 5,035
markust123 "try and make liberals look bad"??? Whatever. I'm serious man, I remember one woman I worked with screaming "He put that teacher on that shuttle and it blowed up!" (talking about Reagan) and her whole crowd of coworker friends all nodding and "that's right"-ing and "yes lord"-ing all over the place. True story. I agree on how he handled it but I'm not shuffling any memories around, that was their reaction.
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Male 6,496
trimble OK, it sounds like you just worked with idiots.
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Male 5,152
GOD DAMMIT...WHO DERPED IN HERE?

It totally smells like derp.
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Male 5,637
kalron27 it's a big giant sherpa turda derpa
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Male 5,152
rumham and the derp keeps flowing below :)
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Male 11,562
kalron27 Smells like you again, afraid of the things that damage the narrative you've been indoctrinated with, such as sources who had found NASA interfering with the recovery and investigation work at every turn in this 'disaster'. 
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Male 6,496
monkwarrior Dude, your conspiracy theory below was so ridiculous it made me seriously consider that you may live in one of those halfway houses for crazy people. It was so out there that people didn't want to touch it. Not one person responded. But if you were simply trolling to get an emotional reaction on an emotional subject, then you're just a dick. Neither option is good.
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Male 11,562
markust123 Sorry, just because you don't like what others have found, doesn't mean it's wrong.  I've seen this a few years back, and yet no one has debunked it, and as a person that has a keen eye, i have to say i was quite surprised to see the pictures of their older selves.  It's quite interesting, and as i said, knowing the 'authority' and their deceptiveness i've seen over the years, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if it was real.

Ultimately though, I have no declaration on it other than that it's an interesting take that hasn't been debunked.

You, however, must declare it as conspiracy theory, because it goes against what your nation has indoctrinated you with.  Please bring out more names, to prove the point (this is the telling sign of the indoctrinated, especially those who have been indoctrinated into the delusions of your nation).
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Male 5,637
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Male 11,562
rumham hush o'flotyham
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Male 1,709
markust123 Stop feeding the troll
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Male 6,496
kalron27 Derp jumpen sharken.
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Male 4,198
kalron27 Remember, all photos of the Earth are photoshopped, however, it's physically impossible to photoshop people, or use aging software on anyone.
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Male 11,562
I saw some pictures about this a few years back, made me wonder.  After seeing the growing questionable evidence from that authority, i wonder even more:

https://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/challenger_flight_51-l_crew.jpg



http://asheepnomore.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/C4Gi5DLVcAE_l5y.jpg



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Male 9,191
I was just  a gleam in my father's eye!
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Male 1,440
I was in highschool, near the end, watching launch on TV at best friend's house as we both had a spare period at that time.  We were discussing the SRBs and we both pointed at the weird flame that can be seen from the live broadcast near the base of the SRB and thought it looked strange.

After the explosion, neither one of us said anything intelligible, just low mutterings under our breath along the lines of "ohshitohshitohshitohshit"
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Male 2,047
Mrs. Bogan's 3rd grade class....we watched it live.
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Male 2,127
I don't recall what grade I was in, but I was in elementary school at the time. I don't think we were actively watching the launch, but all the TVs in the school were turned on and tuned to news reports of the incident after the school staff found out what had happened. Being a bunch of typical asshole kids, we were running around making jokes about it. Stuff like "How do we know Christa McCauliff (spelling?) didn't have dandruff? Her Head and Shoulders washed up on shore!" We were horrible, horrible little brats.
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Male 17,300
whosaidwhat 

(N)eed
(A)nother
(S)even
(A)stronauts
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Female 5,784
whosaidwhat Don't completely rule joking like that out.. its a decent method of coping for some folks.  We cracked jokes all through both our parents' funerals.
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Male 5,152
whosaidwhat Good god I remember that joke, it spread all over and into joke books of the time.  It's horrible but a solid joke none the less.
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Male 1,996
kalron27 my favorite was “what color were Christa McCauliff’s eyes?  Blue: one blew this way and one blew that way”
Sorry, I’ll show myself out...
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Male 5,152
woodyville06 ouch...my brain hurts from all the memories...
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Male 2,127
kalron27 Yeah, but we were still a bunch of horrible little assholes for it.
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Male 1,440
whosaidwhat the one I remember was the joke about the teacher asking "what does this button do?"

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Male 2,127
punko I remember several of them, and all were in extremely poor taste. All the more so considering that most of them were going around before the end of that week... God, I was such an asshole back then. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an asshole, but nothing on that kind of scale. I used to think those jokes were actually funny.
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5,987
I remember watching it on TV when I was a kid.

 that's what happens when you let a woman Drive.

Seriously though, we never talk about the fact that the mission was postponed several times due to mechanical malfunctions. How many Omens do you need before you call something off?
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Male 6,496
I was a senior in high school. I had so many credits I didn't need to go to first period. I was at my locker when the bell for second period rang and the halls filled up. I kept on hearing "Challenger" and "blew up" over and over. It was spooky.
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Male 867
I have read that nearly everyone who was school aged at the time remembers sitting and watching it on tv in class.  They also claim that no where nearly as many people actually did that.

Still, I remember that my class was gathered up and moved next door to join my sister's class so that we could all see, since there were not enough TVs for all the class rooms.  I am pretty sure I got bored and quit paying attention, because I didn't really understand it.
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Male 971
I remember it from news broadcasts and such but more in a vague way rather than the sharp focus it would have been for you guys in the US. I do remember it being discussed at primary school.
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Male 1,634
I was 5, so I assume I was in school when it happened.  Don't really remember TBH.  
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Female 133
i had started working nights the week before and was sitting in bed watching the news, hoping to fall asleep.  i called my friends at the office and they didn't believe me.
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Male 5,152
This IMHO was my generation's Kennedy Assassination.  Everyone I know remembers where they were.  Most were actually in the classroom watching it, I however was home sick.  I remember it pretty vividly.

Strangely enough, 13 years later I was home sick from work when Columbine happened.
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Male 8,010
kalron27 I sure hope you've gotten your flu shot, Kalron. I don't wanna see North Korea being nuked.
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Male 43,801
squrlz4ever   Saw this and though of you. Squirrel Winter Olympics    enjoy
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Male 8,010
Gerry1of1 OMG! How has this not been submitted? It is awesome.
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Male 5,152
squrlz4ever Don't worry, I wasn't sick for 911 so I think we are good :)
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