Space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986 killing all seven astronauts on board. It was the first disaster of the space shuttle program and seen by millions on TV across the nation. Schoolchildren watched as the first civilian astronaut,
teacher Christa McAuliffe, was heralding in a new era of space travel. Others killed in the explosion were Michael J. Smith, Francis R. Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnick.
What are your memories of the disaster? Tell us where you were and how it made you feel.
The Orlando Sentinel is planning special coverage of the anniversary in the Sunday print edition, Jan. 23. We will take some of your memories and print them in the paper.