Remembering the 1986 Challenger Disaster, 30 years later

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Challenger disaster. Seventy-three seconds after launch, the shuttle exploded. All seven crew members were killed including social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe. This was to be the supposed to be the first mission to put a civilian into space and the tragedy unfolded on live television. They were the first fatalities of the space shuttle program.

Above, President Ronald Reagan made an address to the nation from the Oval Office on an evening scheduled for the State of the Union address. He reminds his audience of the bravery and dedication of those who were killed on the shuttle.

Where were you in Alexandria, Virginia when this happened?

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