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