I didn't get to watch this on television in my Brooklyn, NY classroom as so many other children did at the time. There was an announcement over the school public address system that the shuttle had exploded. Some of us, me included, ran to the windows to see if we could see anything. The fact that the shuttle had launched from Florida hadn't registered on us. I think we were all in shock.
All these years later I'm taking the opportunity to rediscover the stories of these heroes. Starting with Ronald McNair.