On this Date in History – January 28, 1986

28 Jan

Back Row (l to r): Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik. Front Row: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair. Photo from the Johnson Space Center

January 28, 1986:  The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds into its flight. 

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honoured us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’

~ President Ronald Reagan

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