- It was launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- It was delayed 6 times due to weather.
- Engineers warned superiors that the weather could effect some of the components, specifically the O-rings.
- These warnings were disregarded at the Challenger launched at 11:39 A.M.
- On the day of the launch it was about 25 degrees with strong gusts of wind.
- The space shuttle fell apart and plunged into the ocean while millions watched.
- The launch was broadcasted on live TV, and there were hundreds of people on the ground watching including families of the astronauts.
- One TV stations program of the launch was interrupted so most people watched recordings of it later.
- Many schools were broadcasting it live, including Christa’s school.
- Ronald Reagan gave a short speech soon after the disaster occurred.
- President Ronald Reagan assigned a group of people with the task of figuring out what went wrong.
- The investigation was lean by William Rodgers, former secretary of state.
- Some other people in the commission were: Neil Armstrong and Chuck Yeager.
- They soon discovered that the O-rings seal became brittle from the cold weather.
- • The O-rings were meant to separate parts of the rocket booster.
- They failed and flames broke out of the boosters then damaged the external fuel tank which caused the space shuttle to catch on fire.
- They also found that the company that designed the rocket boosters and NASA were aware of potential flaws but they didn’t do anything about it.
- After the incident NASA didn’t send astronauts into space for the next two years.
- They also redesigned parts of the space shuttle.
- The next shuttle they launched was the discovery.
- It was successful and it has completed many successful missions.
- Ten years after the Challenger disaster, two pieces of the space shuttle washed up on shore in Florida.
"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored 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 their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.' " - Ronald Reagan, January 28, 1986
"As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on a plume of propellant gasses, reaching for the stars, to inspire us who were Earthbound."- Buzz Aldrin