It's hard to believe that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off 25 years ago. I had just started writing in my first journal at the time, so I dug out that journal, and found I had put some newspaper clippings in it as well. That really took me back.
I was working as a land surveyor with Daigle Surveys at the time. I was in the office doing computations when the story came on the news on the radio. I remember thinking this is really going to set the space program back. I was right because several years went by before the shuttles flew again. I wrote in my journal, "It is a sad day for those of us who believe in the challenge of space and the value of exploration." I still think that way.
I've been a space freak (or geek) since the early days of the Apollo missions. I was 10 when Neil Armstrong took his one small step. I guess that's why my writing has moved back and forth between Fantasy and SF. I'm currently doing research for a series set on an much expanded ISS. I'll work full time on that series after I finish the current book I'm working on.