25th anniversary of the death of the space shuttle "Challenger"

In the United States celebrate the sad anniversary - the 25th anniversary of the death of the space shuttle "Challenger". January 28, 1986, he had to make his tenth spaceflight, but after 73 seconds after launch at an altitude of 14, 5 km over the Atlantic Ocean because of solid booster separation by one of the two mounts shuttle deviated from the axis and collapsed in the air. Then, the entire crew was killed "Chellenzhdera" consisting of seven people, among which was the first astronaut amateur, school teacher, won the national competition for the right to make a space flight.

The death of the "Challenger", which turned out to witness the millions of viewers who were watching the live broadcast from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral, shocked the world and became at that time the largest catastrophe in the history of space exploration.




Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher, won the national ticket for the right to make a space flight on "Challenger" in the Johnson Space Center in Houston. From the moment of her death a whole generation, including her own students. It was her dream - to get into space. (Photos 1985 | AP)


The crew of the space shuttle "Challenger". From left to right: Ellison Onizuka expert pilot Mike Smith, a schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, commander Francis Scobee, professionals Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair and Judith Resnik. (Photos 1986 | NASA)


Christa McAuliffe goes with her daughter Caroline and son Scott. (Photos 1985 | Janet Knott | The Boston Globe)


Christa McAuliffe was the first astronaut-layman, who won a national competition for the right to make the space flight. (Photos 1985 | Janet Knott | The Boston Globe)

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