I 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.
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.
- NASA’s Challenger page
- 7 Myths About the Challenger Shuttle Disaster
- Columbia shuttle tragedy at CSA.com
- Photos from the Columbia mission at Space.com