I remember the day in 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded like it was yesterday. I was a freshman at West Virginia Northern Community College — the same age as Jeffrey Ault, the 19-year-old Californian who shot this never-before-seen footage of the Challenger’s brief and doomed journey:
Watching that video today, more than 25 years after the tragedy, made my heart pound as fast as it did the first time I watched it live, while lying on my parents’ living room floor and doing homework. I had to force myself to attend my late-afternoon class at WVNCC. I felt sick at my stomach as I thought of the astronauts who lost their lives, especially Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first teacher to fly in space.
This is history I could have gone without repeating in my mind, but now the images will be replaying from my memory for days to come.
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