The 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Explosion
Matt | On 28, Jan 2011
Today marks the 25th anniversary of a very sad day in American and space travel history. The nation watched anxiously on Tuesday, January 28, 1986 as the Challenger spacecraft took off with seven passengers including one teacher.
Only 73 seconds after takeoff the unthinkable happened. The orbiter exploded in mid-flight. The nation watched in horror on live TV.
We remember the seven victims of the tragedy. They included:
- Dick Scobee, commander
- Michael J. Smith, pilot
- Ellison Onizuka, mission specialist
- Judy Resnik, mission specialist
- Ron McNair, mission specialist
- Gregory Jarvis, payload specialist
- Christa McAuliffe, payload specialist and teacher
A memorial service was held on Friday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.
It’s hard to think that this was 25 years ago. I can vaguely remember this happening, but I can clearly remember the above photo posted everywhere.