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English: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take-off, 27 years ago on this very day.
Català: Explosió de la nau espacial Challenger poc després del seu llançament.
Česky: Raketoplán Challenger explodoval krátce po odletu.
Русский: Космический челнок « Челленджер» взрывается вскоре после запуска.
  • Short Description: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after take-off.
  • Full Description: On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. This photograph, taken a few seconds after the accident, shows the Space Shuttle Main Engines and Solid Rocket Booster exhaust plumes entwined around a ball of gas from the External Tank. Because shuttle launches had become almost routine after twenty-four successful missions, those watching the shuttle launch in person and on television found the sight of the explosion especially shocking and difficult to believe until NASA confirmed the accident.
  • Image # : 86-HC-220
  • Title: Exhaust Trail of STS-51-L
Español: Nube dejada tras la desintegración
Français : Explosion de la navette Challenger peu après son décollage
Italiano: Lo Space Shuttle Challenger esplode poco dopo il decollo.
Date 28 January 1986
Author Kennedy Space Centre
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