I still see this image in my head:
Photo Credit ABC News
January 28, 1986.
I can remember that day like it was just last week. I had hoped and dreamed about one day going into Space and my dreams died right along with the crew on the Challenger. 73 seconds was all it took. They were gone, buried in Space. It was the first tragedy I had ever witnessed in my young life and one I will never forget. We lived in Italy at the time and the news was obviously in Italian. I understood completely what had happened as I watched the launch from the floor of our living room, right in front of the TV set. My heart was broken for the school teacher who got the chance of a lifetime and lost her life. I still love Space, stars and all that goes along with it but that day a part of my childhood innocence was lost. I realized fully for the first time in my life that bad things happen to good people.
I am remembering these families today.