This song is about Christa McAuliffe, the social studies teacher who died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster when the rocket exploded less than two minutes after blasting off from Cape Canaveral. "The Challenger space shuttle disaster of 1986 is something I have vague memories of happening," Frank Turner
recalled to NME
. "Christa McAuliffe was a high school teacher who was put on board to engage children with the programme and then preceded to die on national television."
"The fact that I found out that really threw me in the loop was that she didn't die when the rocket exploded, she died when the capsule hit the water, two minutes and 45 seconds later."
Turner appears to have bought into the rumor that McAuliffe survived the explosion and transmitted the words "I'm alive!" as the shuttle fell to earth. The official report about the disaster was not able to establish this with absolute certainty.