Hard to believe it was so long ago. I was actually on the roof of our berthing barge getting inspected by COMDESRON 5 when we heard the news from below. We went below and watched the news. Very little work got done that day.
The Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Jan. 28, 1986, in a cloud of smoke with a crew of seven aboard. The shuttle exploded after this photo, taken from atop the Vehicular Assembly Building, was made. (AP Photo/Thom Baur)