Colorado

Jan 28, 2011 10:30 AM by Bea Karnes

6 students from Boulder watched Challenger launch

BOULDER, Colo.-When the space shuttle Challenger exploded 25 years ago, six Boulder County elementary students were watching.

They and their teachers were picked by Ball Aerospace to witness the historic launch. The students, now in their 30s, told The Daily Camera that it took a while for them to realize what had happened.

KUSA-TV's Gary Shapiro, who covered their trip, said the group walked away in silence after someone announced over the loud speaker "the vehicle has exploded."

The students say the tragedy still influences their lives.

Bobbi Winterowd is a project manager at Lockheed Martin. She said she learned that life is short and, as much as she loves her work, she tries to make sure it doesn't overshadow the people in her life.

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