Wednesday, January 28, 2015

29 Years

January 28, 1986 around 10:40 AM CST?

Do you know where you were? I do, the exact spot I was standing.

Working at the Michoud Assembly Facility supporting the Space Shuttle Program, It was a habit to go to the nearest television monitor and watch the launches. We all held our breath until the Shuttle was inserted into orbit, then returned to our desks to resume our work.

Launches were "textbook" by 1986, everyone knowing what came when the bird blasted off.

Here's a script of the communications between the astronauts and command center.

When the words "go with throttle up" everything for the Space Shuttle Program changed.

In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.

Image Credit: NASA

The Program went through so many changes from January 1986 until September 1988, when the redesigned system launched again.

After we started launching again, I cringed every time the "go for throttle up" command was given, right down to the last launch in 2011.

The Space Shuttle Program history, with new programs gearing up for launches to Mars and beyond.

A huge thank you to ALL of us who were part of this awesome, exciting 30 year ride.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was sleeping..Working 3rd shift..Wife woke me up..Got to work later that night and could not believe some of my welders were laughing and making jokes about it..Needles to say in a few weeks most were laid off as was a whole bunch of folks down at Michoud..