SHUTTLE LOST

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Rick McGeer

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Jan 28, 1986, 12:39:02 PM1/28/86
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At 8:39 AM PST today, the shuttle Challenger exploded at about a
minute into the flight. NASA is searching for survivors now. It appeared
that the orbiter and external tank exploded completely: television pictures
showed the SRBs moving away from a cloud of debris. Thus it appears that
the first inflight disaster of the NASA space program has claimed the
lives of six astronauts and NASA's first passenger.

The disaster occured 17 years and 1 day after the Apollo I tragedy.

-- Rick.

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