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The Challenger Crew Members Would Have Marked So Many Firsts For Space

The Challenger Crew Members Would Have Marked So Many Firsts For Space 5

Between Away, Space Force, and Avenue 5, there have been a lot of space shows on TV this year. Now there’s another to add to your watchlist, albeit much more serious in tone: Netflix’s new docuseries The Challenger, which revisits NASA’s storied space shuttle explosion in 1986. As Americans watched the devastation play out on live television, all seven of the Challenger’s crew members died, marking a dark chapter in U.S. history.

Afterward, NASA suspended their shuttle flight program for two years to investigate what went wrong and to stop it from every happening again. However, it wasn’t NASA’s first fatal mission (the Apollo 1 caught fire in 1967, killing all three astronauts on board). Nor was it the last: in 2003, the Columbia shuttle exploded as it was returning from space.

Still, the Challenger is one of the most memorable examples of a failed space mission. The mission would have marked several firsts: the first teacher, the first Asian-American, the second American woman, and one of the first African Americans in space, as well as two longtime astronauts on their first mission ever. Their hopes were dashed that fateful day, but their lives and legacies are not forgotten. Here’s who was aboard the Challenger when it exploded.

Christa McAuliffe

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In 1984, NASA unveiled the Teacher in Space project, designed to honor teachers and inspire…

Remembering The 7 Crew Members Who Died On The Challenger Shuttle

Between Away, Space Force, and Avenue 5, there have been a lot of space shows on TV this year. Now there’s another to add to your watchlist, albeit much more serious in tone: Netflix’s new docuseries The Challenger, which revisits NASA’s storied space shuttle explosion in 1986.



The Challenger Crew Members Would Have Marked So Many Firsts For Space

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