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Old 01-28-2020, 04:23 AM
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Default Challenger Disaster, 34 years ago today

34 years ago today, on a bitterly cold morning in Florida, people there and around the country witnessed the tragic demise of the Space Shuttle Challenger, with the loss of her crew of seven astronauts. Rest In Peace.

The Challenger accident was determined to be the result of a design flaw in the solid rocket boosters which was exacerbated by the sub-freezing temperatures. It was likely avoidable, and soon became an illustrative example of how *not* to make critical decisions.
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Yep, remember it well. I was going to UM, very tragic day
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I have 2 friends that I was in Boy Scouts with back in the 70's that worked for Morton Thiokol at the time.
There was one engineer that refused to sign off on the launch. His manager gave the go ahead. At some point that day, the engineer had to have told his manager "I was right."
Sad day indeed.

ETA...
With Columbia, they knew that there was a foam strike and wanted to use the remote arm to inspect for damage. A woman NASA manger overrode the request and we saw how that turned out.

both of these disasters were avoidable and the people involved in making the "Go" decision should have been held criminally liable because their actions set our space program back by many years. <Rant off>
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What does NASA stand for? Need Another Seven Astronauts
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I was on the campus of the University of Florida and sky was completely clear. I was at the bus stop watching it go up and you could see the trails from the boosters, then the boosters separate after the explosion. Didnt hear about what happened until i got to class. One of those days you'll never forget what you were doing when it happened. The image is just as clear today as when it happened. Yes, truly a sad day.
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Picture I took of Columbia's last launch January 16, 2003, from my front yard


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Wife called me at work and said go outside and look space shuttle just blew up . Unbelievable sight RIP
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Originally Posted by blue33 View Post
What does NASA stand for? Need Another Seven Astronauts
I was there. I worked there on the Shuttle Payload and later Space Station. Some of the most brilliant people I have ever met. Teamwork that most will never experience. Your comment ..... well, I'll take the high road.
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Originally Posted by blue33 View Post
What does NASA stand for? Need Another Seven Astronauts
you are not funny



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It was a very sad day. RIP
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I remember watching it live in elementary school. It was close to home as that teacher was from NH and we were in MA so the news coverage leading up to it and the school activities around it was constantly front and center.

I remember watching it blow up and a teacher just looking shocked walking in front of the TV, pushing in the power button and saying nothing.

I think I remember that and the wall coming down the best from being a kid.
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Originally Posted by fish_on View Post
I was there. I worked there on the Shuttle Payload and later Space Station. Some of the most brilliant people I have ever met. Teamwork that most will never experience. Your comment ..... well, I'll take the high road.
Well done !!! Those men and women had more courage than most, they dont deserve jokes..
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standing in the airport in Tampa getting ready to board my first ever plane flight on my way to Basic training.
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Originally Posted by blue33 View Post
What does NASA stand for? Need Another Seven Astronauts
The balls, education and risk taking those people have is way above what you and me have. Currently my wife has a old high school friend on the ISS and I can tell you the dedication and vision to achieve that started for her before high school. More fortitude and dedication than you or I possess. They are national hero’s and deserve more respect than low brow jokes.
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I remember we had standardized testing that day in the 10th grade, so we took a long test first thing in the morning then had the rest of the day off. So, I was already home from school and we were watching the launch live on CNN I can remember someone in mission control say "a major malfunction" in that kinda deadpan engineer voice. Even as a teenager we all immediately knew what had occurred and there would be no survivors. We ran outside into our backyard in Pompano Beach and you could see the smoke trails from the explosion. Very surreal day.
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I remember watching it live in elementary school. It was close to home as that teacher was from NH and we were in MA so the news coverage leading up to it and the school activities around it was constantly front and center.

I remember watching it blow up and a teacher just looking shocked walking in front of the TV, pushing in the power button and saying nothing.

I think I remember that and the wall coming down the best from being a kid.
I was in my junior year of high school in Concord, NH -- though not at Concord High where Christa McAuliffe taught.

We were in Chemistry class watching it on TV. I remember it vividly.
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Saw it live on TV in class in 6th grade, back when kids still watched launches in school.


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Originally Posted by ReleaseMeMako View Post
I was on the campus of the University of Florida and sky was completely clear. I was at the bus stop watching it go up and you could see the trails from the boosters, then the boosters separate after the explosion. Didnt hear about what happened until i got to class. One of those days you'll never forget what you were doing when it happened. The image is just as clear today as when it happened. Yes, truly a sad day.
I was working in the UF College of Journalism building that day (post graduation and pre 'real' job) and I remember we went up on the roof and you could see the ascent trails and the large smoke cloud where the explosion occurred.
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Was in the 8th grade. We were watching it live in the Library. Definitely a sad day I will never forget. R.I.P.
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I was in college in S.C., just backing out of a parking spot when something on the radio reminded me it was launch day. Pulled back into the space, and walked inside just as it was about to launch . . . Sat there for quite a while stunned at what transpired.

One of those “where were you . . .” Moments of my generation. Moon landing, Reagan being shot, Challenger, and 911.


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