Twitter users are taking time out today to remember the crew of the Challenger space shuttle and their families. Twenty seven years ago today, disaster struck and left an indelible mark on the nation’s soul — especially a generation of schoolchildren who will never forget.

Video of the explosion:

President Reagan’s speech to a grieving nation:

We will never forget.

  • BlueStateRepub

    Never forget it. I worked in a print shop near San Antonio, we were all crowded in the bosses office watching it on a tiny TV.

    Reagan’s speech that night was magnificent.

  • Elaine

    So sad remembering the faces of Christa’s parents watching the launch.

  • TomJB

    “Generation X” was a completely lazy misnomer by the press. As for defining moments or trends of a generation, we should have been called “The MTV Generation,” or “The Challenger Generation”

    • TomJB

      I am, of course, referring to “Music Television,” and not what it has become in the past 20 years: Empty-V

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    I was stationed in Mayport FL while in the Navy. I remember being in line to get lunch when I heard someone say the shuttle just exploded. My first thought was that someone was just screwing around. After I got my food I went to sit down and the news was on and they were talking about it. I went outside and from the fantail could see the cloud left behind. Sad day and one I will never forget.

  • journogal

    I was 12 years old and in middle school. (I think!) It must have been gym period, because I clearly remember heading back to class,and wonder why a few teachers were tearing up. We were later told what happened, of course.

  • TocksNedlog

    Can’t wait for today’s press release from the White House!
    Complete with a “Remembering the Challenger” photo of the president, and a detailed personal anecdote about what he and his composite girlfriend were doing on that day.

    • Marcy Cook

      He’ll probably have a photo of himself sitting in the Challenger.

  • LoriGirl

    If you watched this live, it is one of those events in life you remember where, when & what. I had watched it live on TV, early in the morning, in the family room of the house I grew up in.
    We just stood there staring at the screen knowing after what seemed like a complete lag in comprehension. Then we knew something had gone horrifically wrong.
    And then the cameras went to the crowd who all were right there, processing a tragedy they would be affected by for the rest of their lives. I was19 years old.

  • TugboatPhil

    I didn’t see any mention, but yesterday was the anniversary of the Apollo One fire which claimed the lives of Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

    The Challenger explosion is not really in my memory like most who saw it on live TV or video. I was deployed with a Navy cargo handling unit to Antarctica to offload the supply ship for wintering over. All we saw was a standard Navy radio message print out announcing what had happened. We were down there close to 6 weeks and by the time we got back, the video was no longer being run.

    It was almost a year later before I ever saw the video and I only watched it once. I have no desire to see it again. I’m glad I was shielded from it when it happened.

  • Jack Deth

    I was working on an aircraft engine with a co-worker that day. And we were talking about NASA and the Apollo One fire. I mentioned that NASA was about due for another catastrophe. Then saw the video clip after coming back into the hangar for lunch.

    The hearing afterwards and the “Hatch Commission”-like demo of a faulty, crumbling O-Ring after a dunking in ice water was a crock. Especially for a system sheathed in dry ice and LOX runoff prior to launch.

  • Paula Noakes

    The end of that speech by President Reagan *always* makes me cry. Always. God bless him and the Challenger crew, who touched the face of God.

  • nc

    I was at work (so I couldn’t watch it live), but It was the day before my birthday, and I remember thinking “I don’t feel like celebrating anything.” It was shockingly sad.