Remembering the Challenger: 25 Years Ago, Space Shuttle Exploded After Liftoff

Just before noon on January 28, 1986, people watched with excitement as the space shuttle Challenger lifted off from its Florida launch pad -- but that excitement and hope soon turned into horror. Just seventy-three seconds after liftoff, Challenger exploded, killing all seven astronauts on board. One of its crew members was Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher from New Hampshire who had won a national competition to become the first teacher in space. The goal was to boost interest in...Full Story
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