Challenger: Learning of Tragedy in Real Time

It was my first real memory of breaking news, and my introduction into processing events outside of myself in real time.

Background book “We Interrupt This Broadcast” by Joe Garner. Mision patch of STS-51-L with crew names. Note the apple, symbolizing McAulfiffe’s teacher status.

It was supposed to be a really big deal; weeks of buildup, anticipation, excitement all culminating in the whole school stopping to watch the launching of Space Shuttle Challenger. With the…

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Andrew Donaldson

Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media