28 Years Later: The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

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28 Years Later: The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1986 file photo, debris falls from the sky after the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The seven crew members perished in the explosion. It really is rocket science and it really is hard. North Korea proved that again. The giant explosion that gets a rocket off the ground isn't that complicated. Controlling that reaction and going where you want, when you want - that's where engineers earn their money and ulcers. And it's where past rockets and spaceships have ended in spectacular and sometimes deadly failures. One of the shuttle's booster rockets, whose faulty O-rings were blamed for the disaster, shoots off to the right. (AP Photo/NASA)
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US space shuttle Challenger lifts off 28 January 1986 from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, 72 seconds before its explosion killing it crew of seven. Challenger was 72 seconds into its flight, travelling at nearly 2,000 mph at a height of ten miles, when it was suddenly envelope in a red, orange and white fireball as thousands of tons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel exploded. AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Frederick Gregory (foreground) and Richard O Covey, spacecraft communicators at Mission Control in Houston watch helplessly as the Challenger shuttle explodes on take-off, killing all seven members of its crew, 28th January 1986. STS-51-L was Challenger's tenth launch, and was scheduled to include the first Teacher In Space Project. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JANUARY 28: Faith Freeman Jones, daughter of Theodore Freeman, an astronaut killed in a T-38 accident in 1964, runs her hand along his name of the Space Mirror Memorial after a memorial service on the 20th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex January 28, 2006 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Twenty years ago the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven astronauts onboard. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
Tanya Southward, center, holds a shuttle Challenger crew photograph, Saturday, January 28, 2006, at a public memorial service at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, marking the 20th anniversary of the shuttle Challenger disaster. Astronauts Memorial Foundation conducted a ceremony to honor the crew of Challenger STS 51L and all astronauts who have sacrificed their lives on the 20th anniversary of the Challenger accident. (Photo by Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Christa McAuliffe (right) and Barbara Morgan, teacher in space primary and backup crew members for Shuttle Mission STS-51L. This mission ended in failure when the Challenger orbiter exploded 73 seconds after launch on January 28, 1986. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan is seen in the Oval Office at the White House, shortly after he delivered a television address to the nation about the Challenger disaster, in Washington, on January 28, 1986. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
The remains of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger are transferred to a C-141 transport plane at the NASA KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bound for Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, 30th August 1988. Challenger disintegrated on 28th January 1986, 73 seconds into mission STS-51L with the loss of all seven crew. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Today we remember the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that occurred on January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight. The disaster led to the deaths of its seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe who was part of the Teacher in Space Project. Share with us in the comments where you were when this happened.
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