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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 Challenger Disaster: The Day in Pictures
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)

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. (More NASA stories.)

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