Launch of the space shuttle Challenger

Launch of the space shuttle Challenger

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Launch of the space shuttle Challenger (mission 51-L) from launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, on January 28th 1986 at 11.38am. Seventy three seconds after lift off the shuttle exploded killing all seven crew members. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it is thought that O-rings on the right hand solid rocket booster failed & a subsequent leak of fuel resulted in the explosion.

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

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