Challenger and the Major Malfunction


Shortly after her last launch—on the morning of January 28, 1986—space shuttle Challenger experienced a "major malfunction."

The effect of this malfunction caused the shuttle to explode, leading to the deaths of all seven astronauts.

This graphic, using NASA's data and information, explains what happened after the o-ring in the right solid rocket booster failed.

Officials, including the medical examiner, were never able to conclude whether the astronauts died in the explosion or after their orbiter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean (traveling at about 200 mph).

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Media Credits

Image online via NASA and Cleveland Plain Dealer.


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