"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for?"
Remembering the Challenger Crew
NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when
a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart
just 73 seconds after launch.
In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986,
the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload
specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis;
and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick)
Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J.
Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.