Bob Barney: We were in Florida, 80 miles away working for County Auto Paint, where we watched all the launches. It took about 30 seconds for the rockets to come into view. We stood outside, saw the Challenger and in a few seconds- saw it explodes. We knew something was wrong, and ran inside to turn the radio on. Our eldest daughter Tammy (called Tamster by us) was only 3/ 1/2 and saw it from home. For some years afterward, she would cry when she saw another launch. Even at that age, she knew... The cloud produced by the rocket lingered all day long... Terrible day.
This photo provided by NASA shows the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission 51L. All seven members of the crew were killed when the shuttle exploded during launch on Jan. 28, 1986. Front row from left are Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Front row from left are Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik. (NASA via AP)
The Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger is destroyed by an explosion after it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Jan. 28, 1986. (AP photo/Steve Helber)