Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago Shocked the World, Changed NASA

January 28, 2016 12:45 PM

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Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago Shocked the World, Changed NASA

Thirty years ago today, NASA suffered a spaceflight tragedy that stunned the world and changed the agency forever.

On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after blasting off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven astronauts on board — including New Hampshire educator Christa McAuliffe, a civilian who had been selected to fly via NASA's "Teacher in Space" program.

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