30 Years of Remembrance of the NASA Challenger Disaster

Today marks the thirty-year anniversary for NASA's suffered tragedy "Challenger Disaster," which cost the lives of seven astronauts, and left the world shocked as it was televised on National T.V. on Jan. 28, 1986.

Only 73 seconds after the astronauts launched from the Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the space shuttle Challenger exploded in the air above Texas and Lousiana.  This was not the first time NASA astronauts died on the job, Apollo 1 crew members Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, died during a launchpad exercise when a fire broke out, on Jan. 27, 1967; but the Challenger disaster was the first ever space shuttle lost by the United States with a crew on board.

What's more shocking is that among the seven astronauts there was a New Hampshire educator Christa McAuliffe, a civilian who had been invited to fly with NASA's "Teacher in Space" program, because she was not a credited astronaut. Today we remember the seven-man crew that was lost 30-years ago, and we send our condolences to their families.

 

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The crew of the space shuttle Challenger. From left: Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair and Judith Resnik.

 

 

 

 

   

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