Anniversary of the Challenger Exploding

28 Jan

Today marks a somber anniversary in American history, the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded a little after a minute into it’s flight. As you know I’m a space geek — this video still leaves me speechless.  The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — 73 seconds into flight, nine miles above the Atlantic for all to see — remains NASA’s most visible failure.

After the jump, the actual live video broadcast.

Astronauts killed: STS-51-L crew: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair,  Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik

UPDATE:

Wouldn’t you know it, Boston Globe’s ‘The Big Picture‘ released their photos today commemorating the event.

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