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Where Were You When?

January 28, 1986 – I was passing the high school’s outdoor monitor that was mounted just above a window in the secondary quad, it was the small gap time between 1st and 2nd period when one was traveling between classes. I was 17 years old and the second semester of my senior year of high school had just started.
As I walked by, I noticed that they were broadcasting the Challenger launch and a good sized crowd of students were looking up at the outdoor monitor . The countdown commenced, time lapsed, and then the space shuttle was not going up any more. There was a gasp and then silence. Silence before the news announcers quite knew what was happening.
I remember thinking, “But Christa McAuliffe is on that shuttle.”
I was so proud that women were going into space.