On the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, I was co-host of KKDJ's Dean & Don Show. As our news anchor Gunnar Jensen was finishing his 8:30 headlines, Don and I were monitoring the countdown of the Challenger launch on the NBC radio network.
It's a big time at NASA. Scientific probes are sailing through our solar system, gathering legions of data and amazing photographs. Rovers are crawling all over intriguing extraterrestrial bodies, boring little holes into their surfaces and gathering samples.