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On one dreadful morning, seven NASA specialists/astronauts met a horrendous demise. They were part of the NASA space mission named “Challenger”.
On January 26, 1986, the Challenger space shuttle launched. Due to overnight frosting and icing, the gasses in each tank froze and began to mix when they were heated.
The Challenger space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds into its launch because gases in the external fuel tank mixed, exploded, and tore the space shuttle apart.
Lt. Col Francis Richard Scobee enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school in 1957. He served as an engine mechanic and earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona in 1965 and an officer’s commission.
Dr. Ronald Ervin McNair achieved a Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1976. He was the second African American to fly in space.
Christa McAuliffe was a teacher. She was to be the first teacher to be sent to space as selected by the Teacher in Space program.
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