Damn you Bad Astronomer! Damn you to NEVER be on Colbert (I figure you wouldn’t really bat an eye if I said damn you to hell)!
January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, United States, at 11:38 a.m. EST.
Seeing as how I was in grade school at the time and there was a teacher, Christa McAuliffe, on the flight, I remember watching the launch live in class.
Obvious since it was 24 years ago, and I was quite young at the time, the details are a bit hazy. But I can remember that day much better than most other things from that time frame.
But I don’t want to get too much into the recollections of that day (at least not right now).
What I want to do it to yell at Phil Plait for posting just how long ago this was, and by extension making me feel old. I can never think of myself as young again, and you’re to blame…