I was a junior in high school. In the middle of first period, they announced over the intercom that Challenger
had been lost. Every subsequent class had a TV tuned to one network or another and we watched things unfold.
A few years ago, our family was at Cape Canaveral for the 20th anniversary of the disaster. Within a few days you have the anniversary of the three worst space disasters in American history - Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia
. They had a great memorial program for all three accidents, and laid wreaths at the Astronaut Memorial Wall. Glad I could be there for it.