Friday is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster that took the lives of 7 astronauts, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. Last week, we asked Yahoo! readers and Facebook fans to share their memories from that day.
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It's a moment that's burned into a generation's mind: The white exhaust plume trailing behind the rapidly ascending Challenger; a fireball, then a huge cloud splitting into a "Y" formation as the shuttle broke apart and fell back to earth.
Many of those who watched the tragedy unfold live on TV were children; NASA had arranged a live satellite broadcast for many schools across the nation. Yahoo! user Lisa recalled watching the Challenger launch during class:
'I was in 6th grade. It was a special event for our small school, since we rarely got to watch TV in class, made even more so with the fact that there was a teacher going up into space for the first time. All 40 little faces were glued to theRead More »from 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster