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    Posted October 4, 2010 by
    East Brunswick, New Jersey
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    CNN30: Challenger Explosion

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    Stuff explodes on TV all the time


    Every classroom in Warnsdorfer elementry school had a television mounted in the front corner, but I could never understand why they were there because they were never used. I had never seen one of them actually turned on until this fateful day when I was in 4th grade. Math class was interrupted when another grown-up entered the classroom and wispered something to the teacher. She stopped the lesson and turned on the TV.  Immediately, all 25 of us kids seated at our desks, watched the scene unfold - a brilliant white streak raced across a bright blue sky. I was only 10 years old and I didn't understand what was going on. We were told that the space shuttle just exploded. I was like, "So? Stuff explodes on television all the time!" But this time it was real. That was evident when, later that evening, we saw the same images on the news along with pictures of the crew. A big fuss was made over Christa McAuliffe, teacher and mother of two. I felt for her kids - all of them. And I was impacted by the idea of a women astronaut.

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