'Why Me. You Picked a Loser.'

Howard Berkes, NPR:

Thirty years ago, as the nation mourned the loss of seven astronauts on the space shuttle Challenger, Bob Ebeling was steeped in his own deep grief.

The night before the launch, Ebeling and four other engineers at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol had tried to stop the launch. Their managers and NASA overruled them.

That night, he told his wife, Darlene, "It's going to blow up."

Surprised I had never heard this account of the Challenger disaster before now. Honestly, there's a part of me that wishes I never did. The event itself is tragic enough as it stands, but to imagine the grief that haunts Ebeling on a daily basis is heartbreaking.

It's not a long read (or listen, should you choose to consume the companion audio), but sorrow hangs upon each word. By the end, its as though something has sucked away all of the air in your chest. Take it in, and then forgive yourself for something.

(Via Nate Boateng.)