34th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy

January 28, 2020


On Jan. 28, 1986, seven astronauts lost their lives when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The explosion happened after the Challenger's external fuel tank collapsed.

The tragedy unfolded on live TV as many students across the country watched. 


Francis R. (Dick) Scobee

Spacecraft Commander
Born on May 19, 1939
Birth place - Cle Elum, Washington
Family - Wife, June, and two children
Michael J. Smith

Born on April 30, 1945
Birth place - Beaufort, North Carolina
Judith A. Resnik

Mission Specialist
Born - April 5, 1949
Birth place - Akron, Ohio
Ronald E. McNair

Mission Specialist
Born - October 21, 1950
Birth place - Lake City, South Carolina
Family - Wife, Cheryl, and two children
Ellison S. Onizuka

Mission Specialist
Born - June 24, 1946
Birth place - Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii
Gregory B. Jarvis

Payload Specialist
Born - August 24, 1944
Birth place - Detroit, Michigan
An engineer who worked for Hughes Aircraft Corp.
Sharon Christa McAuliffe

First teacher in space
Born - September 2, 1948
Birth place - Boston, Massachusetts 


Photo Credit: NASA

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