Whoa…22 years ago today the Challenger exploded!

*Note: Same year as “Master of Puppets” by Metallica was released, 1986.

If you’re too young to have witnessed this event, a spaceship carrying 7 astronauts took off and then blew up, as America watched. If you were in school at the time, they had completely obsessed over the fact that we were going to have a teacher in space, and I think she was going to give us the first lesson from space via satellite (which is really exciting stuff when you’re a 3rd grader, and the internet wasn’t even around yet.)

So a few seconds after lift off… it explodes, and teachers all over the country had the job of telling all these wide eyed kids watching or waiting in classrooms that the thing blew up and the astronauts were all dead. Kinda weird but this was to us what the Kennedy assassination was to our parents. We all remember where we were, and it brought the whole country together in complete horror.

*Note: For those of you that were too young, back then the space program was still exciting, and Americans actually cared about it…like the Olympics (yes they used to be a big deal!)

I guess kids today will have 9/11 to screw them up. And just like the media re-showed the planes slamming the towers over and over, we got to watch footage of a rocket blowing up over, and over, and over again. I guess that’s why we’re so eco-conscious. We kinda realized early on that we’re probably gonna be stuck on this planet for while…

“…Rocket engines burning fuel so fast
Up into the night sky so vast
Burning metal through the atmosphere
Earth remains in worry, hate and fear…”
-Black Sabbath
“Into the Void”


2 Responses to “Challenger”

  1. 1 rockblock
    January 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Every kid in ’86 secretly had a teacher they wanted up on that thing.

    Actually, a censored “Far Side” later that year showed a drawing of two guys looking up at the Challenger amidst a ball of flame, with the caption “Well, we’d better get Eco-friendly. We’re gonna be here a while” (Instead of two guys it might have been two cows with cud…) Shorter version had the same visual, but the text just said “Better Start Recycling”

    No newspaper would print it.

  2. 2 ickythumped
    January 28, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Our Grandparents had Pearl Harbor. Our Parents had JFK. We had Challenger. Kids today have 9-11… Our parents got rooked – No huge balls of flame from JFK. Not even in Oliver Stone’s portrayal.

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