CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) — Today marks 35 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — just 73 seconds into flight — killed all seven on board, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.READ MORE: LaToya Ratlieff: Apology 'Disingenuous and Disheartening' After Detective Exonerated For Shooting Her In Face With Projectile During Black Lives Matter Protest
The disaster unfolded on live TV before countless schoolchildren eager to see McAuliffe, an everyday teacher, rocketing toward space. She would have been the first teacher in space.
The Challenger disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, after a booster engine failed.READ MORE: President Trump To Headline CPAC Weekend In Orlando
In addition to McAuliffe, crew members included Commander Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and co-pilot Michael J. Smith.
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