Space shuttle Challenger
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Look Back: Space shuttle Challenger explodes Jan. 28, 1986

Space shuttle Challenger

The shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Space shuttle Challenger

Sequential photos taken by NASA during the catastrophic flight of the Space shuttle Challenger. The image shows a firey plume excaping from the right solid rocket booster and growing toward an explosion. 75 seconds after its launch, the Challenger blew up, killing all seven crew.

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Space shuttle Challenger

The solid fuel rocket booster of the space shuttle Challenger starting to explode over Kennedy Space Center.

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Space shuttle Challenger

The space shuttle Challenger takes off from the Kennedy Space Center. 73 seconds later, the shuttle exploded.

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Space shuttle Challenger

The crew for the  Challenger flight  leaves their quarters for the launch pad. Front to back are Commander Francis Scobee, Mission Spc. Judith Resnik, Mission Spc. Ronald McNair, Payload Spc. Gregory Jarvis, Mission Spc. Ellison Onizuka, Payload Spc. Christa McAuliffe, and pilot Michael Smith.

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Space shuttle Challenger

Challenger’s crew poses for a portrait during training at the Kennedy Space Center. From left are Payload Specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe,  Payload Specialist Gregory Jarvis;  Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik, Mission Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair, Pilot Mike J. Smith and Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka.

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Challenger in 1982

The Space Shuttle Challenger is ferried atop a 747 jumbo jet from Edwards Air Force Base in California to the John F, Kennedy Space Center in 1982.

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