Challenger disaster, 1986

Challenger disaster, 1986

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Credit: MARK D. PHILLIPS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Challenger disaster. Roadside spectators viewing the debris, vapour and smoke trails left by the Space Shuttle Challenger after it exploded shortly after launch on 28 January 1986. Challenger exploded at 16:38 UTC, 73 seconds after lift-off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA. The explosion occurred as a result of a failure of one of the O-rings in a seal on one of the booster rockets. A subsequent leakage of fuel triggered the explosion that killed all seven crew. The disintegration took place over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida.

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