The challenger disaster is being remembered in the most tragic of terms exactly 30 years after its occurrence.
The space shuttle Challenger was blown to smithereens 30 years ago. It was a clear and frosty sky above Cape Canaveral in the context of which the space vessel exploded leaving the onlookers dazed and in tears.
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The widow of the commander of the space shuttle today harbors no ill will against NASA or the blunders due to which the fatal accident took place in 1986. She has come to terms with fate and allowed forgiveness to take the place of anger.
The tragic loss of her husband who she loved beyond words will be something which she will live with for the rest of her life. The half a dozen crew mates who were with him also lost their lives and it was indeed a sad day for the United States.
January 28th, 1986 was the date when the doomed flight of the space shuttle Challenger took off into the empyrean heights. Within minutes everyone could see that something was wrong. The smoke billowing out of the spacecraft as it was blown to bits indicated the trouble.
Over 16 other missions had been in the pipeline for 1986. There was even a teacher on board the space shuttle. Her name was Christa McAuliffe, according to Space.com. She planned to teach her students their lessons from the context of outer space.
The day was a cold one. And as the crowds assembled to watch history being made, imagine their utter surprise and the rude shock they received when they saw all their dreams being dashed to the ground.
The commander’s widow was in the teaching profession so she also held the teacher in high regard besides her dearly beloved husband whom she admired. He was her hero and the teacher was a kindred spirit.
By the time the full reality of the situation began to hit those who were gazing at the launch in awe, everything was in disarray at NASA.
Christa McAuliffe’s parents watched the disaster and were not suspicious of any malfunction even after it became obvious that something was desperately wrong with the mission.
The rocket boosters had a fault in them and so all hopes were in vain. The school children who were watching the launch from their classrooms couldn’t believe their eyes and ears as they looked on at the catastrophe. It was a horrible setback that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy.
Later on the families of those on board were led someplace else and the President of the United States, George Bush met them and tried to comfort them. It came to light that NASA was responsible for the fault that led to the explosion.
All the families were very angry and furious but slowly they began the grieving process and ultimately forgave the staff that was responsible for the SNAFU. We are all human beings and so we have our flaws down to the last one.