A solid fuel rocket booster disappears behind the contrail of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger 28 January 1986 over Kennedy Space Center as debris from the orbiter begins to fall to earth. The US space shuttle exploded seconds after lift-off, killing it crew of seven. Challenger was 72 seconds into its flight, travelling at nearly 2,000 mph at a height of ten miles, when it was suddenly envelope in a red, orange and white fireball as thousands of tons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel exploded.
(CBS) Twenty-five years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. The seven crew members on board were killed including Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher and the first citizen headed for space.
This video is from the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" broadcast on the day of the tragedy.
As Rather notes in the video, the Challenger Tragedy marked the first casualties in the space shuttle program.
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