Friday, January 27, 2006

7 myths about what happened to Challenger

Tomorrow will be the twentieth anniversary of the first real event that burned itself permanently into the minds of my generation: the Challenger space shuttle disaster. Highly respected space historian James Oberg has a very good article at MSNBC about what really happened that day. Oberg brings up seven "myths" that have become rarely reconsidered in the two decades since. Among other things he discusses how the Challenger didn't "explode" in the actual sense, how long the crew survived after the event and the fact that very few people were even watching it happen live. It's a good article, and in my opinion addresses the most major misconceptions that I've seen come up over the past twenty years.

3 comments:

Chad said...

Interesting article...I remember that day well. I was home sick from school and saw it on television. I distinctly remember that I wasn't watching it live, but remember Dan Rather breaking in with the news during whatever I was watching that morning. Can't believe it's been 20 years.

Anonymous said...

I had a dental appt. and Mom and I were eating lunch at the house afterwards and saw the report on TV

Chris Knight said...

I remember that day all too well too, including you being out of school that day Chad. Was sitting at the lunch table at school when Ashton and Shane told me. I thought they were joking. They tried their darndest to convince me that Challenger. Really. Did. Blow. Up. And then I noticed that the seventh graders a few tables over were talking about something going very wrong with the shuttle...