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Remembering Challenger: 38 Years Since the Tragic Space Shuttle Disaster

via The New York Times
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Today marks the 38th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle explosion, a tragic event that claimed the lives of seven NASA astronauts.

The disaster occurred 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center.

The shuttle broke up in a plume of smoke and fire, witnessed by millions on live television.

The astronauts who perished in the explosion were Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick, and teacher Christa McAuliffe.

The tragedy led to a 32-month suspension of NASA’s shuttle program, and President Ronald Reagan established the Rogers Commission to investigate the cause.

Reagan addressed the nation, expressing mourning and emphasizing the astronauts’ bravery in the face of danger.

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