On this day in 1986, the Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger broke apart within minutes of launch, resulting in the deaths of all 7 crew members. Investigations into the cause of the accident called into question factors of NASA’s work environment and attention to safety in engineering, and the space shuttle program went on a 32-month hiatus. See below for newspaper clippings from the days and years that followed the disaster.

Explosion's reverberations still being felt - Jan 1987

Challenger Disaster

Management and Safety Problems

Challenger explosion

Challenger Launch Sequence

Reagan speaks at service

73 seconds of silence

Still fresh a decade later

The Seven

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