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Monday Marks 33 Years Since Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida

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    33 Years Since Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

    Monday marks the 33-year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 28, 2019)

    What to Know

    • On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew members

    Monday marks the 33-year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

    On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

    The Challenger dead also include commander Dick Scobee, pilot Michael Smith, astronauts Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Gregory Jarvis.

    Unusually cold weather that morning left Challenger's booster rockets with stiff O-ring seals; a leak in the right booster doomed the ship.

    This is the official NASA photo of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission 51L. All seven members of the crew were killed when the shuttle exploded during launch on Jan. 28, 1986. From front left, are: astronauts Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Rear left are: Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.
    Photo credit: AP

    McAuliffe was poised to become the first teacher in space. McAuliffe's backup, Barbara Morgan, a schoolteacher from Idaho, rocketed into orbit in 2007 aboard Endeavour as a fully trained astronaut.

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