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Shuttle mission 51-L explosion

Shuttle mission 51-L explosion

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Explosion & break up 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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