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Ice on launchpad before shuttle disaster

Ice on launchpad before shuttle disaster

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Ice coats launchpad 39b at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, prior to the disastrous launch of the space shuttle Challenger on 28 January, 1986. The freezing temperatures experienced prior to the launch are thought to have caused the failure of an O-ring seal on one of the solid rocket boosters. Seventy-three seconds after lift- off the shuttle exploded, killing all seven crew members.

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