Fun Fact January 28, 2021.
28 January 2021
Today is one of those days that you remember where you were when you heard the news. I was here in the studios when I heard the alarm bells from the AP machine start going off. This meant that something big was happening. It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch from Cap Canaveral Florida. The mission had been delayed several times due to technical and weather issues. On the cold morning of January 28th the shuttle lifted off with her cargo and crew of seven, including the first civilian, Christia McAulliffe, a 37 year old social studies teacher from New Hampshire. Seventy three seconds after launch the world watched in disbelief as the Challenger broke up in a forking plume of smoke and fire. The investigation determined that the disaster was caused by the failure of an “O-ring” seal in one of the two solid-fuel rockets. The O-ring did not respond as expected because of the cold temperature at launch time. This started a chain of events that resulted in the massive loss. As a result, NASA did not send astronauts into space for more than two years as it redesigned a number of features of the space shuttle.