January 28th, 1986 was a sad day for the United States. People were hopeful and excited to see the first citizen in space, but unfortunately, The Challenger blew up within 73 seconds of lifting off. 85% of Americans knew of the disaster within an hour of its happening. The crew members were Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis,Judith A. Resnik,Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Mike J. Smith, and Ellison S. Onizuka. Challenger launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.