I can’t believe it was 20 years ago (tomorrow, 28 Jan). I was in first grade (stop groaning if you’re older). I was excited because there was a teacher (like my mommy) and another woman astronaut (Judy Resnik, Mission Specialist). I thought that was neat and wanted to be like them. I don’t recall if my class watched it “live” (because of teacher Christa McAuliffe), but I do remember watching it replayed later on the news with my parents. My grandfather died shortly thereafter and my dad had to fly on a plane for the first time. I remember telling him “Daddy, if it looks like a space ship please don’t get on.” (It didn’t, but he may have had to use the emergency chutes when they landed, or he may have just told me that so I’d think he had an adventure. I don’t know and can no longer ask.)
May their families find comfort and their memories be a blessing.