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: Man Riding Scooter Dies Following Crash With UPS Truck In Miami Beach
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: Arrest Made In Miami Car Dealership Arson Attack
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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