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28-01-2016, 09:00 AM
It's been 30 years already?
Since the shuttle Challenger disaster.......


I remember it all too clearly as I was working --- at NMC - US Coast Guard Communication Station San Francisco and my first rotation (You did a 12 hour watch, 3 hours per position) was in Air/Ground HF guard.....

I listened to AirSta Miami report the disaster on HF......(8984khz USB) The pilot who reported it sounded really shook up....

Pretty intense listening.... They finally pulled out a black and white TV and hooked it up so we could watch the news... (a rare occasion).

Anyone else remember it??

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28-01-2016, 09:04 AM
RE: It's been 30 years already?
(28-01-2016 09:00 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  Since the shuttle Challenger disaster.......


I remember it all too clearly as I was working --- at NMC - US Coast Guard Communication Station San Francisco and my first rotation (You did a 12 hour watch, 3 hours per position) was in Air/Ground HF guard.....

I listened to AirSta Miami report the disaster on HF......(8984khz USB) The pilot who reported it sounded really shook up....

Pretty intense listening.... They finally pulled out a black and white TV and hooked it up so we could watch the news... (a rare occasion).

Anyone else remember it??

I remember watching it in elementary school. The whole class was crowded around a crappy TV to watch the launch. :'(

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28-01-2016, 10:14 AM
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I was at Mass. General Hospital for a post-surgical check-up when I saw the news on the radiology waiting room TV.
I sat there watching for a good hour after my X-ray in stunned silence.

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28-01-2016, 10:20 AM
RE: It's been 30 years already?
I was watching the news in my kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of those moments you never forget.

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28-01-2016, 10:24 AM
RE: It's been 30 years already?
Yes, I remember. I remember watching it, it was horrible. After the explosion they started to show the onlookers but some of the spouses were in the seats so they made them cut away so they could be escorted out to the compound buildings.

America was heartbroken. Sad

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28-01-2016, 10:26 AM
RE: It's been 30 years already?
Wow that long?

I had been studying for finals and for some odd reason woke up super early. I turned on the tv just to have it on...saw everyone talking about shuttle launch, so I kept it on that station (I think it was TBS (which at the time showed cnn and headline news before those channels were available in my area by my cable provider).

I'm doing my morning routine, drinking coffee..and then it launched....and then it exploded.

I remember thinking, "that doesn't look right." Then they panned to the families and the crowd of spectators. Sadcryface


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28-01-2016, 11:24 AM
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I was in Korea so the launch was at about 1:30 in the morning of the 29th so I didn't hear about it until several hours later when I got out of bed. By the time of the return to flight STS-26 launch more than two years later I was a contractor at the Huntsville Operations Control Center. I worked there for more than 12 years and got up close and personal with 77 shuttle flights running through STS-97 in November/December of 2000.

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28-01-2016, 12:41 PM
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I remember saying to myself out loud... 'that isn't booster separation... something ... isn't right.'

After next few days, I was very upset that they might scrap the shuttle because of this - there was a lot of speculation to that end.

I was then extremely relieved when I heard that Dr Feynman would be consulting on the investigation of the disaster. He found that they fucked it up because everyone (including NASA) cared more about the pony show than the science.

He got to the bottom of it and everybody was pissed ... at him!! But NASA took their lumps like scientists and got their shit together. It was a dim time. I think it helped everyone to finally remember that we learn some of the most important things from mistakes.

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28-01-2016, 04:27 PM
RE: It's been 30 years already?
Workig for IBM in Tucson AZ. One of those times like when JFK was shot and 9/11. Events etched in my mind forever.

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28-01-2016, 04:36 PM
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(28-01-2016 12:41 PM)kim Wrote:  I was then extremely relieved when I heard that Dr Feynman would be consulting on the investigation of the disaster. He found that they fucked it up because everyone (including NASA) cared more about the pony show than the science.

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