|"In absolute silence we watched huge glowing chunks of debris shoot out."|
I wrote this story as I remembered it happening, but a reader recently emailed me with a question:
"Was there a loud sound when the Challenger exploded?"
He said that he was in Melbourne, Florida and though he wasn't watching the launch he thought he heard a louder-than-normal rumble. He had a friend in Cocoa Beach who swore there was no explosive sound. When he asked me to remember about the sound that day I could only remember the silence.
I went in search of Challenger-related websites and sent emails to several places explaining my curiosity and asking:
Mostly I got auto-replies telling me that such and such organization was unable to give a personal response, but one individual did reply:
I wrote back to thank Mr. Boisjoly for his clear explanation and to ask for permission to reprint his letter (which he graciously gave). Then I started looking for the original website that had caused me to write to him and found that he is much more of an expert on the subject than I had thought:
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