The anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger was yesterday. In 1986, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight killing all seven of the astronauts aboard.
This is an day that I will always remember as John and I were in the parking lot taking photos of the Challenger taking off.
We had been in Ft. Lauderdale at a Sales Meeting and decided to drive to Kennedy Space Center to watch the Challenger take off.
It did not take off as scheduled so we went on to Orlando, FL. It was so cold. The hotel we were staying in had to go to KMart in the middle of the night and buy more blankets. We slept in our clothes.
It did not take off the next day either. On the third day, we knew if we were going to Epcot, we had to go that day. So, standing in the parking lot, we watched the explosion. It was horrible.
The whole day was just a day of silence - no one was talking, lots of tears and disbelief.
John has photos of it as it exploded. He instantly knew something was wrong - I didn't. I just thought the booster rockets were going off, but no, something far worse.
It is a day to remember sadly.