Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes on its 10th flight during mission STS-51-L. at January 28th, 1986 at 11:39am EDT.
The Challenger's service to America's Space Program ended in tragedy on Jan. 28, 1986. Just 73 seconds into mission STS 51-L, a booster failure caused an explosion that resulted in the loss of seven astronauts, as well as the vehicle. The loss of Challenger does not overshadow her legacy in NASA's storied history.
The discoveries made on her many successful missions continue to better mankind in space flight and in life on Earth.