January 28, 2006
Challenger Disaster: Where Were You?
Posted by Christine Hurt

Orin Kerr asks Where Were You? when the Challenger disaster occurred 20 years ago.  I had just been having this conversation with friends yesterday, so I remember exactly where I was.  I was a junior in high school in Biology II class.  (I had to wince to realize that Orin is three years younger than I am.)  Our teacher was letting us watch the Challenger take-off, so we saw the disaster occur live.  At the time, I didn't instantly assume that something had gone wrong.  The shuttle looked to me like a three-stage rocket in a cartoon, and the stages were exploding and falling off as expected.  When our teacher ran out of the room to get the other science teachers, we all realized that something had gone horribly wrong.

Our trigonomotry teacher took this opportunity for the next month to remind us that trigonometry errors had caused the disaster, so we had better pay better attention.  Knowing that I would probably never work for NASA, I just went on as usual.

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