Tribute to Challenger -- 15 Years Later
"Today we can say at long last to Dick, Mike, Judy, to Ron and El,
and to Christa and Greg, dear friends, we have resumed the journey that
we promised to continue for you. Your loss has meant that we can confidently
begin anew. Your spirit and your dream are still alive in our hearts."
The crew of STS-26, the next space shuttle to fly after Challenger, to
the lost astronauts.
a frigid day in Florida 15 years ago, seven astronauts were lost 73 seconds
after launch when Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. Their legacy, and
their sacrifice, continues to influence events today.
11:38 a.m. EST on January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off
from the launch pad 39B at Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center. Here
is their story. To listen to the Mission Control transmissions during the
launch, choose .AIFF
format (1.8 MB).
readers reflect on where they were and how they felt when the Challenger
disaster took place.
in the Spirit of Challenger
SPACE-TV, Challenger Learning Centers around the country continue the mission
with space education for students.
over schedule" is the mantra for the turn of the century, and NASA is proving
it's more than just a slogan.
Challenger Wreckage Could Earn Stiff Penalties
the advent of online auction sites the marketplace for memorabilia connected
to tragedies has expanded, including wreckage from Space Shuttle Challenger.
space shuttle, one the most complex spacecraft ever built, has more than
2.5 million parts. Explore the vehicle with this SPACE.com interactive