Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Space Shuttle Challenger

28 years ago, 16:39:13 UTC, January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred. It broke apart 73 seconds.

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board. It was 10th flight.

Disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger

When the Challenger explosion occurred, it shocked the nation, started a NASA investigation, and led to many changes in the shuttle program.

The remains of the crew that were identifiable were returned to their families on April 29, 1986. Three of the crew members, Judith Resnik, Dick Scobee and the posthumously promoted Capt. Michael J. Smith, were buried by their families at Arlington National Cemetery at individual grave sites. Mission Specialist Lt Col Ellison Onizuka was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Unidentified crew remains were buried communally at the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial in Arlington on May 20, 1986.

Challenger Crew

Teacher in Space program was closed.

In 2004, President George W. Bush conferred posthumous Congressional Space Medals of Honor to all 14 astronauts lost in the Challenger and Columbia accidents.