- Posted January 28, 2011 by
Los Altos, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN30: Challenger Explosion
Challenger Explosion Memory
- nancyt3, CNN iReport producer
January 28, 1986 was my 13th birthday. I was home sick with the flu and so my mom thought I would enjoy watching the Challenger launch since my class at school was going to be watching it and reporting on it for one of our assignments, like many other schools. I remember being propped up in my parents' bed so excited to be watching TV and so excited to be watching Christa McAuliffe in particular. There had been so much excitement, even here in California, that we all knew it was a big deal. It was incredible to be able to watch all the preflight activities that took place - including the drive out to the launch pad, etc. I remember watching the take-off with my mom and being so excited and then it all went horribly wrong. The explosion and the broadcasters trying to make sense of it, the hope that there were survivors. Watching the launch and explosion over and over again in sheer horror. Every year on my birthday now I remember the Challenger, Christa McAuliffe and all the astronauts that lost their lives on my 13th birthday. I became instantly superstitious of the number 13 and haven't been able to watch a shuttle launch since.