The Challenger Disaster
On January 28, 1986, the entire nation watched as the Challenger Space
Shuttle exploded shortly after launch. The Challenger disaster is
embedded in our national and global psyche. The country deeply
felt the extent of the disaster, the deaths of the astronauts, and
losses for their families.
On the day of the disaster, Jeanne Love, a medium and channeler
who was living in Adrian, Michigan, spontaneously connected to Christa
McAuliffe, the Challenger’s schoolteacher crew member, and experienced
the traumatic aftermath of her death on that date. On subsequent days
and months, all six astronauts and Christa spoke through Jeanne to tell
the stories of their death, how they felt about the choices they made
in life, and their hopes about communicating what they had learned to
those still alive on earth.
In any single session, several crew members would relate their messages
through Jeanne. They were: Ellison Onizuka, Christa Corrigan
McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Michael Smith, Francis
Scobee, and Ronald McNair.
Aside from Jeanne’s initial session with Christa, her husband Tom Love,
a physicist, and Sam White (alias
were present during all Challenger
sessions. They asked questions throughout the channeling sessions and
After a few months, Sam White and Tom Love investigated how they might
fulfill the astronauts’ wish to communicate with those on earth. They
knew of the Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR) since they knew
Bob Schacklett, another physicist, who with his wife Edie Fischer, were
FMBR Board Members.
On May 7, 1986 Bob Shacklett, who served as FMBR V.P., received a
letter from Sam White that included some transcripts of Jeanne Love's
channeled information from the Challenger crew. The letter asked if
FMBR might have interest in the project.
FMBR was in its sixth year of existence in 1986. It was founded by Bill
Gough and Virginia Cates as a non-profit. Their first project had
researched both remote viewing and psychokinesis, but not channeling.
Bill Gough, another founder, Bob Shacklett and Edie Fisher read the
initial material. They had their doubts about whether the material
contained accurate new insights into the Challenger accident. Bill
Gough thought the afterlife might be an energy/information field that
slowly dissipates with time. If the channeling was correct, then an
afterlife field remained "alive," thus it remained dynamic, evolving,
During this time, Edie and Bob had an experience with another channel,
Regina Ochoa, that provided astoundingly accurate information about
another subject. Their belief systems were shifting.
The FMBR Science Review Team (which also included Marshall Pease and
Jon Klimo, in addition to Bill, Bob and Edie) was quite interested in
the project. If information from the astronauts could be confirmed,
then this would provide proof of life after death.
FMBR starts the Challenger Project Team
In December, 1986, the FMBR board created the Challenger Project which
Bill organized and headed. The astronauts and the FMBR Science Team did
a lot of brainstorming on how to verify information. The Challenger
crew wanted this to happen and contributed information in additional
sessions that might be verifiable.
Other FMBR members became very interested and a few joined the
channeling sessions as witnesses. For some sessions, another channel,
Regina Ochoa, a friend of Jeanne who lived in California, was also
brought in. Some of those sessions were attended by the FMBR team (Bill
and Marion Gough, Bob Shacklett, Edie Fischer, Jon Klimo, Marshall
Pease, and Chuck Wilhelm).
With the crew’s recent deaths, contacting their family members was not
considered because of the families' grieving. The transcripts show that
even a year later, the astronauts advised against contacting their
relatives and close friends, feeling that they would not be open to
strangers approaching them to talk about communicating with the
deceased astronauts. This removed the surest way to validate the
Bill Gough did spend time gathering data from a member of the
Presidential Commission on the Challenger to correlate with the
accounts from the astronauts. He also tried to contact astronauts who
personally knew the seven who died, but that effort proved less
successful. He also visited friends in Congress and Federal agencies.
The FMBR team then contacted John Fuller and Bill visited him and his
wife on the east coast. Fuller had written The Airman Who Would Not
Die, and many other books. He promised to do similar “due diligence” to
the Challenger story and write the book. Unfortunately, he died before
starting the project. Thereafter, two other potential authors expressed
interest, but ultimately no book was ever written.
Without being able to do the correct verification of data because of
inability to contact the relevant relatives and astronaut friends, the
project was put on hold. Although others in the TV media carried out
interviews and filming regarding the project to our knowledge nothing
was ever released to the public.
The entire crew wants this information
FMBR has decided to print the transcribed statements of the Challenger
crew, as channeled by Jeanne Love and Regina Ochoa, verbatim. FMBR has
always thought that there is at least some credence to the material,
since it conveys how the astronauts died—not in the explosion, but by
impact with the sea or drowning. This information was kept from the
public/media by NASA until many months after the incident.
In addition, the channeled messages contained information on the Star
Wars defense mission (testing the transportation of devices for
potential nuclear applications). In some of their channeled messages,
the astronauts expressed that they had not been aware of that aspect of
the mission and were angry when they learned of this after their death.
FMBR did not attempt to corroborate many of the aspects of the
channeling. FMBR just wants the information to be made public for
historical purposes and to honor the requests of the astronauts to let the world know there
is existence after death.
There are hundreds of pages of transcripts; multiple astronauts
conveyed messages during each channeled session. For the sake of
clarity, cohesion and ease of reading, the information has been
organized by crew member, sequentially by date, so that the reader can
see the evolution of that crew member's story and message.
1. A medium is an individual who experiences regular communication with
the deceased. Channeling is when the medium allows the deceased person
to speak through him or her. Channeled information also can be conveyed
through the medium in writing. Mediumship and channeling have been
studied using rigorous experimental design.
Windbridge research with mediums/channelers.
is an example of one institution focused on such research.
2. Alias: Identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy
of the individual.