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Challenger Shuttle Crewlocked

  • Roger D. Launius


Challenger Shuttle Crew, astronauts, died in the explosion of their spacecraft during the launch of STS-51-L, comprising seven from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at about 11:40 a.m., EST, on 28 January 1986. The explosion occurred seventy-three seconds into the flight as a result of a leak in one of two solid rocket boosters that caused the main liquid fuel tank to ignite. The crew members of the ...

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