The Tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger

It took several seconds for the commentators and NASA officials to realize that something terrible — “a major malfunction” had occurred. Killed were: Francis R. Scobee; pilot Michael J. Smith; mission specialists Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, and Judith A. Resnik; and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe, the first “teacher in space.”

Here is a link to an article about the disaster: http://space.about.com/cs/challenger/a/challenger.htm

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