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TDY to Maryland, 1211 181I was late for school, 2nd grade, the day Challenger exploded.  The entire building was silent except for someone talking on the intercom, and I didn’t have enough context to understand what was happening, only that it was bad.

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Columbia didn’t have the same emotional effect on me, though I was in my mid-twenties and better able to grasp the scope of the disaster, and some of what it meant for our manned space program.