Blast Off!
A Historical Fiction Story
By: Abby Jackson

The Challenger blasting off. It broke apart 73 seconds into its flight.

It's time. It's finally time. The Challenger launches today! I am so excited! My name is Grace Porter , and I'm 13 years old. I'm in the 7th grade at Creek Falls Middle School, and my science teacher, Mrs. McAuliffe, is about to be the first school teacher ever to go into space! You can imagine how proud and happy I am for her. She has worked so hard, and it's finally happened!  

As of now, my brother and I are sitting on our couch waiting for the countdown to begin. I can barely sit still from excitement! I've always had a pretty big interest in space. It's amazing what all you can learn. Honestly, I think it would be really cool to be able to go into space. Oh, It's about to start counting now!

The Challenger is getting ready to blast off. My eyes are glued to the television screen. I can't believe Mrs. McAuliffe gets to do this! She's so lucky.

     "Mom, Dad! Come on, it's about to blast off!" I yelled into the kitchen. "They're going to miss it if they don't hurry up," I thought.

They quickly came rushing in and took a seat on the other couch. Here it goes! 10, 9, 8, I was counting down with them, 7, 6, 5, almost there, 4, 3 , 2, one more number, 1! Blast off!

There it is. It just launched. They're going to have so much fun up there! I just can't belie-. Wait. It's exploding. The Challenger is exploding. Everything was moving in slow motion, like I was in a trance.


My mom's yelling knocked me out of it. I was frantic. I wanted to know if my teacher and the others were okay! I had to do something! This will go down in history, but not in the way I thought.




After two months, a lot has changed. We have a new science teacher, but no one could replace Mrs. McAuliffe. I will remember her as not only a great science teacher, but a great person in general. She was kind, caring, and she always knew how to answer any question you had about anything. She worked so hard, and got the chance, but everything just went downhill. Something happened with the o-rings, which caused the explosion. It's all over the news. People are pretty shaken up from it. The school year is coming to a close now. I know it's a year that I will always remember. It's stuck in my mind, and it will always be there. I know that I'll never forget the day the Challenger exploded.

Christa McAuliffe: Second from the left on the top row.
The Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986. The O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster failing at lift off caused the explosion.