Explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission

Explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission

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Caption: Explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission 51-L seventy-three seconds after lift-off from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida on 28th January 1986. All seven crew members were killed. The cause of the accident is under investigation, but it is thought that O-rings in a seal on the right hand solid rocket booster failed & the subsequent leak of fuel resulted in the explosion.

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Keywords: challenger, disaster, explosion, flight, manned spaceflight, mission 51-l, shuttle, shuttle challenger, shuttle disaster, space, space shuttle challenger

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