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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The shock of a generation: Challenger Disaster


The space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 28, 1986





The first time it blew up, it was such a shock, because most people thought it would never ever happen. But once you get the idea that spacecraft sometimes have catastrophic events, then it becomes less of a shock.  -Joe Miller, professor, University of Michigan


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First posted 1/ 27 / 2011

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was too young to remember when the Challenger exploded. I couldn’t imagine the distress felt by those who lost loved ones nor those who’s aspiration was shaken. Space exploration was such a huge accomplishment not only for the country, but for mankind. After the shuttle was off the ground I could just imagine a proud and accomplished feeling that was very short lived. The whole thing seems almost like a cruel joke. (A. LEE Com 940)

Anonymous said...

I was born several year after this had happened and the thought of it still shocked and depressed me as if I had been there. This was definitely a set back for Americans and it's one of those moments that most people will never forget.

Taylor Bishop
Com 101

Anonymous said...

This is such a tragedy. I kind of makes me think towards what happened with the Titanic. It was looked at as an undestructible vessel as well. So sad for the families who lost people who they loved so dearly.

Chris Smith com101 sec4049

Anonymous said...

oh yes, i remember when I was in elementary and my teacher told us about happen.

Michael Belperio said...

Where did this photo come from... it has been altered, there was no fire involved in the breakup of the 51-L vehicle, and this photo clearly shows a fireball around the vehicle. No doubt the media trying to sensationalize this sad day in history for their own benefit!