who else witnessed the Challenger shuttle explosion?

United States
August 11, 2008 5:17pm CST
who else witnessed the Challenger shuttle explosion? i was 4 and i watched it (literally in florida watching it) break apart and it like traumatized me to where i hate space movies of any kind now.. i feel like i am suffocating etc.. anyone else see actually see it happen (irl)?? has it affected you any??
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I watched it at school. We were all gathered it the gym to watch the shuttle take off. I think I was in kindergarten or first grade. The principal shut it off and we had to go back to class when it blew up.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
did they talk about what happen or just ship you back to class?
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I think they gave us the least amount of information possible to get us to quite down and back to class we went.
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• Canada
25 Oct 09
I was born in January of 82. The challenger broke up around the time of my birthday, and on the day my mother had a party for me. When all the kids came, their mothers were telling my Mom all about what was happening. She had not heard yet. Evidently it happened while they were in the car on the way over, and they were hearing breaking news bulletins on the radio.
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• United States
25 Oct 09
i bet it put a damper on your party or at least took attention away from it while they talked about it.. that sucks!
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I was watching it live at home. I kind of played sick that day so I could stay home from school. I was so fascinated with the idea of a teacher going into space. I was sitting right there 2 feet from the tv when it happened. My mom was in the laundry room and I ran in to get her. She thought I was mistaking the normal part where the shuttle comes apart from the other part (whatever it's called) for an actual explosion but I was crying and kept begging her to come look because it really exploded! She came out and I just remember her looking at the tv and then dropping into the chair as she realized what had really happened. I can't say it affected me a lot but I do cringe when I watch other take offs...just waiting for it to happen all over again. Of course I'm skittish about the incomings now too.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
yeah i know landing is bad now too because of the other one.. i think it didnt help that the female teacher looked kind of like my mom
• United States
12 Aug 08
I was at home by myself and listening to it on TV. I decided to go outside because I live in Orlando and I stood in the street while it was going up and saw it explode in the sky. It was pretty horrible at the time because as I watched it explode I could hear the journalist on TV yelling! I am sorry that it has had such a traumatic effect on you.
• United States
12 Aug 08
yeah we stood in our yard to see it and my brother was taking pictures because he always took pictures of them and well anything since he is big into photography lol.. i just remember thinking that it was suppose to be like that and then not understanding why people were reacting badly to it
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I was in the 4th grade when that happened. I remember the principal come in and told the teacher that it had exploded then a tv was brought to the library center and everyone watched stuff about it the rest of the day.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
that would suck having to spend the whole day watching things on it
• United States
11 Aug 08
I rememebring watching it on television. They were showing the the parents of one of them that were killed. It was very said. They just kept looking.. it was sad. I cant say that it effected me in way. That changed my life.
• United States
11 Aug 08
i know i kept watching because i didnt realize what was going on.. it was my first time watching so i thought it was normal then of course my mom told me what was happening and etc and i freaked out
@redkathy (3379)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I watched it live at work. It was horrible!! Just a terrible historical memory for me.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I didn't actually see it happen but I remember the day very well. I was in the school office with a tempature and then several of the secretaries were crying and alot of ppl were yelling and carrying on...we ended up getting sent home early that day. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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