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Wreckage from the shuttle Challenger explosion retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean & returned to Cape Canaveral Air Force Base for investigation. Mission 51- L launched from Cape Kennedy on the 28th January 1986 exploded seventy three seconds after lift off due to a failure of one of the O- rings in a seal on the right hand solid rocket booster. A subsequent leakage of fuel resulted in the explosion which killed all seven crew members.
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