The civilian was teacher Christa McAuliffe from one of the
states. There was a lot of hype about this flight because of her. Normally to
be honest, I would not have wasted time watching a shuttle take off but it
shortly before lunch, 11:38 am ET when the shuttle took off.
And then in just a little over a minute – 73 seconds to be exact – the Challenger exploded. There was an odd looking plume of smoke and fire. It was horrific and yet hard to turn away from.
The year, by the way, was 1986.
On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015