The Challenger Disaster
The Space Shuttle Challenger flew nine missions into space. But its fateful tenth mission, which lasted only 73 seconds, ensured its tragic place in history. On the morning of January 28, 1986, a crew of seven boarded the Challenger, including a New Hampshire grade school teacher named Christa McAuliffe, representing the aspirations of so-called ‘ordinary’ citizens to journey into space. It was an adventure vicariously shared by millions of Americans through television, as the Challenger lifted off at 11:38a.m. from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and hurtled majestically into the sky. But less than two minutes later, horror struck in full view of all who watched.
John Zarrella, former CNN Miami Bureau Chief
Tony Clark, former national correspondent for CNN
Beth O’Connell, former coordinator for the NBC Boston Bureau
William Harwood, CBS News space analyst
Steve Nesbitt, the voice of NASA Mission Control