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On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded upon takeoff. The Challenger carried a seven-person crew, including the first teacher involved in a space mission. This Saturday, it will be 26 years since the tragedy. Pictured here are the brave astronauts of the Challenger Crew: (Back row, left to right) Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant S. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis, Mission Specialist Judy Resnick; (front row) Pilot Mike Smith,... Spaceshuttl, Shuttle Challenges, Spaces Shuttle, Heroes, Christa Mcauliffe, High Schools Teacher, January 28, Challenges Crew, Challenges Disasters
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The Challenger was destroyed as it broke up in mid-flight in the second minute of its tenth mission, on January 28, 1986, at 11:38:00 am Eastern Standard Time. The breakup was ultimately due to the failure of an O-ring. All seven crew members were killed. Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, Ronald E. McNair, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory B. Jarvis
The crew of Columbia shuttle flight STS-107. Seated from left are Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Standing from left are David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist from the Israeli Space Agency.
Christa McAuliffe (September 2, 1948 – January 28, 1986) was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
"The vehicle explodes, literally explodes, off the pad. The simulator shakes you a little bit, but the actual liftoff shakes your entire body and soul."- Mike McCulley
Space shuttle Challenger explosion, 1986 I remember so vividly where I was when I heard the news....I had just dropped off a movie at the video store, got in the car where my mom was waiting, turned on the radio, and there it was...mom and I sat there for a few minutes, stunned.