Monday marks 27th anniversary of Challenger explosion

Monday marks 27th anniversary of Challenger explosion

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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, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 6:14 AM

HOUSTON – Monday marks 27 years since the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight on Jan. 28, 1986. Seven people died, including Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first teacher in space.

The explosion was caused by a rocket booster failure, which ignited the fuel tank.

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