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January 27th, 2006
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Hey, christilyn... [and other friends]
Check your memories and beliefs about the Challenger disaster against this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11031097

christilyn reminded me else-journal that she and I were watching. I recall that we were not watching on CNN or network TV, but rather watched on the NASA Channel, one of the few good channels that were on [whatever cable company was called cable back then--has it been Cox all along?]. I seem to remember watching uninterrupted, live, from before liftoff through the event. But we also established that her memory is much less porous than mine. I know that with my [Big Blue Shuttle Book Of Copious Drawings and Facts] it was my habit to watch every launch I could, following the countdown against the baseline the book provided. I remember thinking during those launches that I could have done as good a job as the launch commentators--but that I'd much rather me one of the engineers in Mission Control...and even more than that, would rather be one of the astronauts.

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From:christilyn
Date:January 27th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
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The main thing I remember about the incident is that we were on the phone together and I was saying "oh, look, there are parchutes--they're fine" and you saying something like "um...I don't think so...I think those are rescuers." I don't think I believed they were dead until the next day.

And I think it was Media General cable. ;-) Back in "the day" ;-)
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From:wasabi_poptart
Date:January 27th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I remember my sister and I were playing hooky from school that day--we had a two-hour delay due to snow and since our mother had already left for work, we were like, fuck it, let's go back to sleep ... we didn't find out what had happened until I got a call from my friend, saying that play practice was unofficially going to be at her house that evening since all after-school activities were cancelled.

yikes. twenty years.
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From:dcseain
Date:January 27th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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So you know, i linked to this post because i felt the comment i was going to make here was more appropriate as a post, but it needed context. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.
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From:flyingwolf
Date:January 27th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
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sadly, as I think I mentioned before I neither saw it live nor saw it on tape (until MANY MANY years later.) I had no TV and the people I was surrounded by at that point in my life didn't give a damn about science or the shuttle or anything but their own petty problems.

Since then I've been to the Kennedy space center and have done lots of research about what happened on the nasa sight, so I know. But there is no memory at all. Considering I was an adult when this happened, this is sad.
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From:amylgam
Date:January 27th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm fairly certain I saw it at school. I was in junior high school and they let all the science classes come in to watch the launch on TV, which was new tech for our school at that time.

I remember watching and the "something's not quite right here" feeling when the booster caught fire. I also remember that it look like something ejected, but then thinking that I really doubted they had an ejector pod for the launch.

That was the first big news event that I remember seeing repeatedly on TV. We didn't have cable, but I was over at a friend's house and they showed it over and over.
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From:madbodger
Date:January 27th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Lessee, you want to pit my memory against ... Microsoft? The company that hasn't ever gotten anything right? Bzzzzzt.
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From:happypete
Date:January 27th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)

No...

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Against:

By James Oberg
NBC News space analyst
Special to MSNBC


Get over your Microsoft-hating self, okay? Just because "MS" is in the Acronym doesn't automatically make it bunk.
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From:mabfan
Date:January 28th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)

Re: No...

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Oberg is a well-established space journalist. Seeing his name attached to an article makes me trust the article all the more.
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From:kitwench
Date:January 27th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I remember feeling pretty darn lucky that day to have been in the class of the only teacher in our small school that had arranged for us to watch the launch - he'd wanted to apply for the 'teacher in space' , but had heart trouble.
Didn't feel lucky for long- I don't remember an 'exposion' sound - I remember horrified silence as we all tried to think of a *good* reason for the plume of smoke.
There was no good reason - not then, and not in the explanations that followed down the years.
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