It was thirty years ago today when NASA faced a tragedy that forever altered the space program. On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded less than two minutes after lift off. This event shook the nation and took the lives of the seven people on board.
NASA’s space program began almost 60 years ago. The US was determined to conquer space exploration. It promised an untold amount of scientific experimentation and discovery. Each mission takes years of research and preparation, and each mission carries with it a notable amount of risk. However, not only was this mission the first time the US had lost a manned space vehicle, but Challenger held a civilian as well. Christa McAuliffe was a teacher selected to travel into space as part of a program to help enrich the nation education standard.
— NASA (@NASA) January 28, 2016