Watch: The ISS Takes a Moment of Silence to Remember Fallen Challenger Astronauts

Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 4:50PM
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 4:50PM
Watch: The ISS Takes a Moment of Silence to Remember Fallen Challenger Astronauts
The Challenger disaster happened 30 years ago today, and it was one of the greatest tragedies in the history of space exploration. To honor the astronauts who lost their lives on that day, American ISS Commander Scott Kelly led his fellow crew members in a moment of silence and remembrance.



Opening quote
"I would like to take a moment of silence, and recognize the sacrifice of all those crew members, and how their spirit and their legacy lives on in our achievement in space."
Closing quote

On january 28, 1986, the NASA space shuttle Challenger took off from Cape Canaveral with 17 percent of the American public watching live on their televisions. The shuttle broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, sending the crew compartment holding seven crew members into the Atlantic Ocean. The cause of the explosion was discovered to be a combination of the cold weather conditions and a detectable flaw in the O-rings, leading to an examination of "go-fever" and a 32-month hiatus in the shuttle program. 

Kelly and his crewmates also acknowledged the sacrifices of the crews of Apollo 1 and Columbia. Three crew members were killed in an accidental fire in Apollo 1's Command/Service Module during a launch rehearsal test in 1967, and more recently, the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana in 2003, killing all seven crew members.

Via Space.com.
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