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The 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was an American catastrophe for many citizens, changed NASA’s space flight career, and made an impact on all young women and children. The Challenger explosion took place on its tenth launch on January 28, 1986. Included in the 7 crew members was a school teacher, Christa McAuliffe. She was on board to collect information about space for her class of students back in New Hampshire. This horrific event took off at 11:38 am that below-freezing morning. After only 73 short seconds, the Challengers seals stiffened up and began to leak causing it to break up and fall from the sky into the Atlantic Ocean below. NASA was not planning on flying any other civilians into the air in the spacecraft until 22 long years passed. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration program was never the same after this horrific tragedy. They finally resumed launching people into space around 1988. Abstract”CHALLENGER EXPLOSION”. History. A+E Networks. Web. 24 Nov. 2017.On the date of January 28, 1986, NASA experienced a calamity. After the shuttle orbiter left for liftoff on its 10th mission and exploded into pieces, it brought devastation to the world. When parts of the debris were discovered, specialists determined that the cause of the failure to fly was due to the two O-ring rocket boosters freezing up in the harsh, cold weather. NASA’s research was downhill after the emotional event. After things were starting to be healed from this traumatizing situation, President Ronald Reagan was determined to identify the problem that went wrong with the Challenger. The commission that was proven to do this investigation included former test pilot Chuck Yeager, former astronaut Neil Armstrong, and former secretary of state William Rogers. They determined that after the rocket boosters were exposed to the cold temperature, flames began to appear and damage the fuel tank, causing the shuttle to break apart and fall into the Atlantic Ocean.AbstractTate, Karl. “The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: What Happened?” Space.com. Purch, 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 24 Nov. 2017.The Challenger tragedy that took place in 1986 was a heartbreaking time in our history. The spacecraft was one of NASA’s biggest tragedies. Killed in the explosion were all seven crew members, Dick Scobee, Judy Resnik, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe who was supposed to be the first teacher ever in outer space. So far, it has been 30 years since the accident and it still is emotional for the people who were affected by the event. On the day of the explosion, CNN was the only television network that had a live broadcast of 1986 calamity. There were school classes watching the launch all over the country when the Challenger exploded into pieces. NASA didn’t experience another big loss until the Columbia space shuttle in 2003. The heat shield had a hold in the shuttle causing it to disintegrate and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. There were also seven crew members that were killed during that accident.