The Challenger Disaster: The Day in Pictures

Looking back on the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle's explosion
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2016 1:16 PM CST
The space shuttle Challenger is destroyed by an explosion shortly after it lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 28, 1986.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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(Newser) – Thirty years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff, killing all seven people onboard—including high-school teacher Christa McAuliffe. The 25th flight for NASA's space shuttle program was to have studied Halley's Comet and deployed two satellites, Discovery News reports; McAuliffe was to have taught science lessons from space. Here are scenes from that day. (Read more NASA stories.)

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