I vividly remember sitting in Mr. Hutto’s 8th grade class over 21 years ago, when that little dude with the messy hair and the big nose came in to tell us the Space Shuttle had just blown up. Challenger became a rain of shattered debris, and America’s sweetheart teacher-in-space was no more.
Round two has seen better success:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour rocketed to space Wednesday, carrying teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who after more than two decades is finally carrying out the dream of Christa McAuliffe and the rest of the fallen Challenger crew.
Endeavour and its crew of seven rose from the seaside pad at 6:36 p.m. ET, right on time, and pierced a solidly blue sky.
Godspeed to Endeavour and her crew. We’ll see you in a couple of weeks.