January 28th 1986 – The Challenger Disaster – 30 years ago…

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I remember seeing this on the news, don’t think I actually saw it live but it made a big impression – an incredibly sad one and the first time I’d actually ‘seen’ people meet their ends and all the more poignant as these were pioneers of space – gambling with the highest stakes so that we all might benefit.

The Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in this January 9, 1986 NASA file photograph. L-R: 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. The NASA lost seven of its own on the morning of January 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.   REUTERS/NASA/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY OBITUARY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3D375

The Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in this January 9, 1986 NASA file photograph. L-R: 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. The NASA lost seven of its own on the morning of January 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch. REUTERS/NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANNIVERSARY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY OBITUARY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – RTR3D375

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