CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) — Today marks 36 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: Miami Beach’s Deauville Hotel, made famous by the Beatles, poised for a comeback
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, caused by the failure of O-rings in the shuttle’s right solid rocket booster.READ MORE: Property insurance changes aimed at stabilizing market
In addition to McAuliffe, crew members included Commander Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and co-pilot Michael J. Smith.
NASA’s first Teacher in Space Project was designed to inspire students, honor teachers, and spur interest in mathematics, science and space exploration.MORE NEWS: Coral Gables resident says city's automatic license plate recognition cameras are a constitutional violation