Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan, Teacher in space primary and backup crew members for Shuttle Mission STS-51L. This mission ended in failure when the Challenger orbiter exploded 73 seconds after launch on January 28, 1986. Image # : HqL-159
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Challenger disaster marks 32nd anniversary - Photos - Challenger disaster marks 32nd anniversary
The Challenger crew members leave their quarters on Jan. 27, 1986, en route to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. The launch was put off until the next day because of faulty O-rings in one of the booster rockets -- which ultimately caused the Challenger to later explode.
What Shuttle Should Have Been: The October 1977 Flight Manifest
An internal NASA document from 1977 outlined the first 23 space shuttle missions, but not a single one came off as planned. Space historian and Beyond Apollo blogger David S. F. Portree examines a spaceflight program that never was.
This concept art from the Shuttle Program's early days is gorgeous, deliciously retro
The arrival of Endeavour in Los Angeles last week has been described by many as the final note in the coda to NASA's shuttle program. To commemorate its end, we turned to the program's beginnings, where we discovered a stunning assortment of high resolution concept art. (If you've been hunting for a new background image for your desktop, consider your search over.)