CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) — It’s been 34 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Just 73 seconds into its flight on Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded, killing all seven on board.READ MORE: Masks Now Optional For Unvaccinated Students In South Florida Catholic Schools
The Challenger disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, after a booster engine failed.
People all over the country watched the disaster live because the shuttle was carrying Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first teacher in space.READ MORE: PlanetWatch: Miami Chosen As 1st Major US Location For New Air Quality Monitoring Network
In addition to McAuliffe, crew members included Commander Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and co-pilot Michael J. Smith.MORE NEWS: 'I Regretted What I Had Done': North Miami Beach Teen Jeimy Henriquez Back Home After Weekend Disappearance
NASA’s first Teacher in Space Project was designed to inspire students, honor teachers and spur interest in mathematics, science and space exploration.