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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Space Shuttle Challenger Breaks Apart

Seventy-three seconds into its launch, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated, killing everyone on board. Investigators concluded that an O-ring—a rubber seal located in the right booster engine—had failed due to cold weather at the time of launch, causing a chain reaction that led to the orbiter's ultimate disintegration. The tragic event was captured on film, and many children viewed the launch live because schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe was on board. Why was she on the shuttle? More...
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:30:18 AM

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It was a tragic day indeed. I still cannot forget the shock from the news.
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:34:45 AM
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Think It must have been a horrible way to die.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:54:31 AM

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Milica Boghunovich wrote:
Think It must have been a horrible way to die.


I remember seeing this on the news. I'd assumed they all died instantly.
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Some experts believe most if not all of the crew were alive and possibly conscious during the entire descent until impact with the ocean. Astronaut and NASA lead accident investigator Robert Overmyer said "Scob fought for any and every edge to survive. He flew that ship without wings all the way down....they were alive."
Gary98
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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:53:07 AM
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i was so hopeful for that teacher from n.h.
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:51:14 PM

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A sad day and a great loss.
monamagda
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:18:27 PM

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"Reach for the Stars"

by Russell O'Brien




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Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to fly in space. Selected from among more than 11,000 applicants from the education profession for entrance into the astronaut ranks.

As a youth she registered excitement over the Apollo moon landing program, and wrote years later on her astronaut application form that "I watched the Space Age being born and I would like to participate."

NASA selected McAuliffe for this position in the summer of 1984 and in the fall she took a year-long leave of absence from teaching, during which time NASA would pay her salary, and trained for an early 1986 Shuttle mission. She had an immediate rapport with the media, and the teacher in space program received tremendous popular attention as a result. It is in part because of the excitement over McAuliffe's presence on the Challenger that the accident had such a significant impact on the nation.

http://www.framingham.com/history/profiles/christa.htm
Omar Mariani
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:25:44 PM

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Because she was scheduled to become the first teacher in space.
Dr WWWW
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:09:19 PM

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I recall the gut wrench of seeing those booster trails arcing off in different directions.

We visited the Space Center with our two young daughters a couple of years later, after a trip to Disneyworld.

It was like the place was frozen in time the day before the launch. You could buy models of the Challenger in the store there. Very sad.

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After the accident, NASA's Space Shuttle fleet was grounded for almost three years while the investigation, hearings, engineering redesign of the SRBs, and other behind-the-scenes technical and management reviews, changes, and preparations were taking place. At 11:37 on September 29, 1988, Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off with a crew of five
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They are heros and heroines of the century.
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