The Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes

Every generation has a “Where were you when…” moment. Until 9/11, that moment for Generation X was 28 January 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded a minute or so after take off, killing the entire crew, including the first “Teacher in Space” Christa McAuliffe.

For a brief moment in time, space travel was open to normal people and the childhood dream of living in space in the 21st Century was a step closer to reality.

That dream came crashing down at 11:39am 28 January 1986 while sitting in my grandparent’s living room watching the launch on TV.

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