Monday, January 28, 2008

Challenger 22nd Anniversary

On January 28, 1986 after many successful missions, the Challenger Space Shuttle disintegrated 1 minute 13 seconds after launch leaving the nation mourning for astronauts Ellison Onizuka, Greg Jarvia, Judy Resnik, Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair, and teacher-in-space (Sharon) Christa McAuliffe. For more information about the Challenger, see NASA Web pages including the Challenger Background and the Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (commonly called the Rogers Commission Report). The address to the nation that President Reagan gave instead of his intended State of the Union Address is also available as part of the American Presidency Project .