I just woke up late, how sad this is- I too remember when the Challenger exploded and how it stunned the world. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families, there was an Israeli on board this one as well for the first time, my thoughts are on his countrymen as well who should be celebrating and now are mourning.
I wrote this when the Challenger went down:
For the Seven Who Dared
They greeted the morning with anticipation.
All eyes were upon them,
All eyes of the nation.
They said their goodbyes,
Yet the dye was thus cast..
For how would they know?
This goodbye was their last?
After being briefed, the American flag was unfurled,
They lifted their arms to wave goodbye to the world.
Boarded the Challenger, to wait for the launch,
These seven hand-chosen, steadfast and staunch.
These Seven whose dream was to reach outer space,
Have reached out instead-
to touch- God's face.
-Mary Anne Miller-