The Challenger Disaster and Twelve Year Old Me

Twenty-four years ago today, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in the skies over my home… For as long as I can remember, the shuttle program has been a way of life for me and my family. The Apollo missions to the moon ended ten months before I was born, and I was too young to remember the Apollo-Soyuz mission of Apollo 18. For me, the United States manned-spaceflight is, the Space Shuttle. My family has been involved in the US space program from basically, day one. My grandfather worked at Cape Kennedy during its earliest days. My father was the first person to have 30+ consecutive years at Kennedy Space Center. I have now worked in support of the space program for over nine years. In 1986, my father supervised the shuttle astronaut van and other large support equipment. At the time we were not only bound to the shuttle …keep reading …