Allison Schroeder was on the playground in 1986, chasing a friend around the slide, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. As a first-grader, she was confused by the blast visible from her neighborhood, just 30 minutes south of the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Fla. So she looked toward her teacher, who’d begun to cry. That’s when she realized something terrible had occurred.
After school, before the shuttle’s cabin had been been recovered, she gathered a group of her friends and organized a search party. On bicycles, they rode around their neighborhood looking for the astronauts in vacant lots.
“I was so sure I could save them,” Schroeder, now 38, recalls.
The announcements have come and gone, but if you missed the actions you can re-watch the announcements right here. What did you think of the new Oscar delivery system? There were plenty of fancy interviews with famous celebs but no live action accidents. Did the new nomination video still feel special?
The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and will air live at 5:30 p.m. PT.