“On Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.” – NYT
In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist;Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.
Image Credit: NASA
If you are old enough, and lived in the States, you probably remember where you were when you heard about the explosion. You certainly remember the endless replays of those 73 seconds from launch to explosion and then the seemingly unreal time it took to disintegrate and come down in the Atlantic.
In honor of the anniversary I decided to post a few images I took during the Enterprise flyover on 4/27/12.