It was this day back in 1986 that we said hello and goodbye to the crew of the shuttle Challenger (OV-099) as she blasted off into the atmosphere, only to be felled by a faulty rubber seal that engineers knew would not perform at the temperatures in the morning of that launch day.
Shuttle Challenger crew:
- Francis R. Scobee — Mission Commander
- Michael J. Smith — Pilot
- Ellison S. Onizuka — Mission Specialist 1
- Judith A. Resnik — Mission Specialist 2
- Ronald E. McNair — Mission Specialist 3
- Christa McAuliffe — Payload Specialist 1, Teacher in space
- Gregory B. Jarvis — Payload Specialist 2
It’s hard to watch the videos of the explosion having watched as a little boy live. But it’s interesting nonetheless. I highly recommend watching The Challenger Disaster on Amazon, William Hurt ROCKS that role. The two videos below are the best news coverage videos of the event that I could find — I hope each of their souls found rest.
Thanks NASA and Wikipedia.