Science Where were you when the Challenger exploded? Why your memory might be wrong. (+video)

Studies of so-called flashbulb memories, created during moments of emotional arousal, show that our recollections, vivid as they may be, are not necessarily reliable.

By , Staff writer

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Do you remember when you first learned of the space shuttle Challenger's fatal mid-air disintegration on Jan. 28, 1986? It was a Tuesday morning in the US, and groups of schoolchildren were gathered around television sets to watch the orbiter lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A charismatic high school teacher who was on board to teach science lessons from space, had drawn extra excitement to the Challenger's tenth mission.