33rd Anniversary


Today, January 28th, 2019 marks the 33rd Anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. The American space shuttle exploded shortly after its launch in Cape Canaveral. The cause of the 1986 accident was determined to be cold weather which in turn caused the failure of two rubber O-rings that sealed the joint between the sections of the rocket booster. This accident tragically took the lives of seven astronauts, including a 37 year old teacher from Concord, New Hampshire who won her spot on the shuttle through NASA’s Teacher in Space program. It is important to note that the shuttle made nine successful journeys prior to the 1986 explosion. Please take a moment today to remember those who have sacrificed in the name of knowledge, science, and exploration.

 

shuttle crew