Why am I getting teary watching Atlantis launch?
Partially, because I still remember where I was when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. I was in 7th grade Lit Class with Mrs. Mickelson at Lake Hazel Jr. High, when the principal announced over the PA system that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded. We were excused from classes to go sit in the cafeteria and library to watch the news coverage if we wanted to.
I remember sitting in the library watching it blossom into flame over and over, while newscasters with, I felt, inappropriately calm voice talked about what could have done it and the death of Christa McCauliffe.
That’s all I got right now.
ETA: A reader shared his own journal entry on this with me on our Facebook page, and I thought it was worth posting here as well.
I would like to invite everyone to share their thoughts on the last Atlantis launch and the Challenger Disaster here. If you have links, let me know, I’ll add them.