Challenger - Blown Out of the Sky

Challenger - Blown Out of the Sky Disasters Famous Historical Events STEM Aviation & Space Exploration American History

The space shuttle Challenger was scheduled to lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center on the 28th of January, 1986.  A special mission, this would be the first time that a teacher was going into space.

However ... at about 73 seconds into the launch, a disaster occurred.  This image, of the shuttle's exhaust trail, depicts part of the events which took place when mission STS 51-L failed.

NASA tells us more about it:

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. This photograph, taken a few seconds after the accident, shows the Space Shuttle Main Engines and Solid Rocket Booster exhaust plumes entwined around a ball of gas from the External Tank.

Because shuttle launches had become almost routine after fifty successful missions, those watching the shuttle launch in person and on television found the sight of the explosion especially shocking and difficult to believe until NASA confirmed the accident.

Click on the image for a better view.

Media Credits

Image online, courtesy NASA.




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