VIP visits Challenger school 25 years after explosion

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Many of us remember where we were when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over the skies of Florida in 1986.

After the tragedy, numerous schools around the nation were named after the shuttle.

Monday, Tucson's Challenger school got a very special visit from someone all too familiar with the accident.

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It's been 25 years since the Challenger took off from the Kennedy Space Center and it's been 25 years since June Scobee last saw her husband, Commander Dick Scobee.

It's been 25 years since June heard the last words from her husband responding to NASA commands to, 'throttle up,' moments before the Challenger exploded.

The days following the tragedy the nation mourned with the astronauts families.  Monday, June Scobee spoke to kids at Challenger Middle School and explained to them why their school is named such.

"For the students it's not just a namesake of the Challenger Space Shuttle, but there were people aboard that were serving their country.  And they were space pioneers.  And I want the students to be proud of their namesake," said June Scobee.

June will always remember that day.  And she'll never let the students at Challenger school's across the nation forget.

"So many people knew how they died, but we wanted them to know how they lived," said June Scobee.

June has just come out with a book remembering the her life before and after the explosion.  The book is called silver linings.