In memory of those that slipped the bonds of Earth on this day in 1986.
I was a freshman in college. The flight started at 11:08 EST – just after four in the afternoon in Ireland – and I remember watching the launch on CNN which was the only channel that was showing the event live.
Here James Oberg demolishes seven myths about the Challenger tragedy – including the idea that millions of people saw the “explosion” (and the reason for quotes will become obvious if you read the article) live on television. While some of Oberg’s points were not news to me, I had not realized that the “[t]he flight, and the astronauts’ lives, did not end at that point, 73 seconds after launch. After Challenger was torn apart, the pieces continued upward from
their own momentum, reaching a peak altitude of 65,000 ft before arching back down into the water. The cabin hit the surface 2 minutes and 45 seconds after breakup, and all investigations indicate the crew was still alive until then.”