When I was much younger, High School age, I was interviewed by the local news on the onr year anniversary of the Challenger disaster; I think that I still have the VHS tape somewhere... But no VHS player...
UPDATE 8:15 PM - Pretty awesome look back -- A Day Of Remembrance For Lives Lost In the Pursuit Of Space
Here is the original NYT Article:
(Originally published by the Daily News on Jan. 29, 1986. This story was written by Charles W. Bell.)
Man’s dream of conquering space died a little yesterday.
In a boiling maelstrom of flame, the shuttle Challenger disintegrated 72 seconds into a flight from Cape Canaveral, killing teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first “citizen in space,” and her six astronaut companions.
America’s ambitious venture to reach beyond our world suddenly became more costly, and President Reagan and the nation mourned the loss of “seven heroes.”
“This is truly a national loss,” Reagan said in a national eulogy after canceling his planned State of the Union address last night. “We mourn seven heroes… who escaped the surly bounds of Earth to touch the face of God.”
It was the first in-flight disaster in the 25-year, 56-launch history of the U.S. space program - and the worst recorded disaster for either the Americans or Soviets.
NASA immediately suspended its ambitious 1986 shuttle launch schedule until it can determine why Challenger exploded.