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The Challenger Disaster – New Video [VIDEO]

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28 years ago yesterday the space shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into it’s flight and remains one of my most vivid childhood memories. We now have home video of the disaster. 

I was in Fifth grade and the entire day stopped so we could all gather around televisions to watch history as Christie McAuillfe was set to become the “First Teacher in Space.” No one thought the TV would show us the horrific end it did. The room filled with silence then as kids do the questions started. “What happened?” “Are they dead?” “Was that real?” I still don’t remember the answer, just the shocked looks on my teacher’s faces. The group of people that always had the answers had none that day.

Here’s home video from Frances and Michael VanKulick on January 28th 1986 at 11:39 am EST.



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