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On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger, carrying seven crew members including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, took off …
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CNN30: Challenger Explosion

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger, carrying seven crew members including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, took off on its 10th mission and exploded 74 seconds later, killing everyone onboard.

 

It was the first time the U.S. had lost an astronaut in flight, and the worst disaster in the U.S. space program to that point. McAuliffe was the first teacher in space, and NASA had arranged for many public schools in the U.S. to view the launch live. Most of the children watching the explosion were between 9 and 14 years old. The space shuttle program was suspended while the accident was investigated. Space shuttle Discovery returned America to space two years later, on Sept. 29, 1988.

 

Were you there? Do you remember when it happened? Open your shoeboxes, journals, scrapbooks and photo albums and share your photos, video and memories from this event.

 

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