Challenger: The tragic day 7 heroes died in the icy blue sky as the world watched

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The Challenger 7 flight crew: Ellison S. Onizuka; Mike Smith; Christa McAuliffe; Dick Scobee; Gregory Jarvis; Judith Resnik; and Ronald McNair. (Photo: Public Domain/NASA)
The Challenger 7 flight crew: Ellison S. Onizuka; Mike Smith; Christa McAuliffe; Dick Scobee; Gregory Jarvis; Judith Resnik; and Ronald McNair. (Photo: Public Domain/NASA)

Seventy-three seconds after the space shuttle Challenger left its launch pad at Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida on 28 January 1986, it was devoured by a massive cloud of smoke.

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