Thursday marks 30 years since the break-up of the space shuttle Challenger, which claimed the life of Concord High School teacher Christa McAuliffe.
She was among the seven crew members on board who were killed.
McAuliffe had been selected from more than 11,000 applicants to be the first participant in the NASA Teacher in Space Project.
Jim Van Dongen was news director for New Hampshire Public Radio at the time, filing reports from Cape Canaveral for the station.
He now works as an adjunct professor of English at New Hampshire Technical Institute.