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Nation Observes 27th Anniversary of Challenger Tragedy

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It was 27 years ago this morning.


 

Space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

A faulty O-ring seal sparked the breach that led to the explosion.  The shuttle fleet was grounded for nearly three years, during which various safety measures, solid rocket booster redesign and a new policy on management decision-making for future launches were implemented.

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