At 11:38am on January 28, 1986, the eyes of the world were on Cape Canaveral, Florida, as the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off.
On board were seven astronauts, including Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher and first private citizen in space. It was a historic moment—it taught us all to believe that we too can achieve the unthinkable and turn our dreams into reality. America was returning to space, and the children of the nation were witnessing it.
73 seconds later, the spacecraft disintegrated in mid-air, killing all seven men and women on board.
The nation watched in silent disbelief.
Thirty years later, the smoke from that fateful day has long cleared, but we will forever remember the brave men and women who challenged us all to dream.
We remember Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison, Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe.