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STS-51-L Recovered Debris (Left Sidewall)

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (Left Sidewall)

(April 7, 1986) On January 28, 1986, 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 soon after launch. Search and r... More

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (Lower Right Vertical Stabilizer)

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (Lower Right Vertical Stabilizer)

(April 15, 1986) On January 28, 1986, 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 soon after launch. Among other... More

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (ET and SRBs)

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (ET and SRBs)

(April 8, 1986) On January 28, 1986, 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 soon after launch. After the ac... More

Ice on the Pad on the Day of STS-51-L's Launch

Ice on the Pad on the Day of STS-51-L's Launch

(January 28, 1986) On January 28, 1986, 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 soon after launch. On the da... More

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (Forward Skirt)

STS-51-L Recovered Debris (Forward Skirt)

(April 22, 1986) On January 28, 1986, 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 soon after launch. Using subma... More

STS-51-L Debris (Airlock). NASA public domain image colelction.

STS-51-L Debris (Airlock). NASA public domain image colelction.

On January 28, 1986, 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 soon after launch. Search teams later retrieved... More