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The Challenger Disaster was a mortifying day in history, occuring on January 28th, 1986, which was the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger just 73 seconds into its flight, resulted in the death of all 7 crew members on board, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee was the spacecraft commander, Michael J. Smith- Pilot, Judith A. Resnik- mission specialist, Ronald E. Mcnair- mission specialist, Ellison S. Onizuka- mission specialist, Gregory B. Jarvis- payload specialist, and Christa McAuliffe- a teacher who was supposed to be the first ordinary American citizen to travel up to space. The mission was delayed for six days due to weather and technical problems. 17% of Americans saw the disaster live, and 85% of Americans knew the news within an hour of the disaster, which resulted in a 32-month hiatus. Challenger space theories involving a UFO that seemed to “edit “ the ship right before it exploded are still present today 78 seconds after lift off, the rockets left engine combusted. Fun fact: the last sound recorded from the challenger was “oh no”.