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Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

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Archival: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster | NBC Nightly News

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Challenger Disaster Live on CNN

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Remembering the Challenger disaster

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Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster (STS-51L)

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The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster | From Our Archives

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was a fatal incident in the United States' space program that occurred on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard. The crew consisted of five NASA astronauts, and two payload specialists. The mission carried the designation STS-51-L and was the tenth flight for the Challenger orbiter.
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  • O-ring concerns 

  • Delays 

  • Thiokol–NASA conference call 

  • Ice 

  • Liftoff and initial ascent 

  • Plume 

  • Vehicle breakup 

  • Post-breakup flight controller dialogue 

  • Cause and time of death 

  • Prospect of crew escape 

  • White House response 

  • Recovery of debris and crew 

  • Funeral ceremonies 

  • Concurrent NASA crises 

  • Investigation 

  • Rogers Commission 

  • Richard Feynman 

  • NASA and Air Force response 

  • Media coverage 

  • Use as case study 

  • Continuation of the Shuttle program 

  • Other civilian passenger plans 

  • Legacy 

  • Video documentation 

  • Film 

  • Television