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30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) Disaster
Christa McAuliffe, the Teacher in Space Project (TISP) payload specialist from Concord, New Hampshire, is pictured on November 16, 1985 training for the STS-51-L mission in the Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS). She is being briefed about the consoles and controls that operate the SMS at Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Mission Simulation and Training facility. On January 28, 1986, at 11:39 a.m. EST, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion 73 seconds after launch. NASA/UPI
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