28th anniversary of space shuttle Challenger disaster

28th anniversary of space shuttle Challenger disaster

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, UNITED STATES: US space shuttle Challenger lifts off 28 January 1986 from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, 72 seconds before its explosion killing it crew of seven. Challenger was 72 seconds into its flight, travelling at nearly 2,000 mph at a height of ten miles, when it was suddenly envelope in a red, orange and white fireball as thousands of tons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel exploded.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 11:44 PM

Tuesday was a somber day of remembrance for NASA. Twenty eight years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff over Florida.

Seven astronauts died, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. It was the deadliest day in NASA history.

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