Slipping The Surly Bonds Of Earth

Photograph of launch of Space Shuttle Challenger

Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) Challenger lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B (LC-39B) at 11:38 on the chilly morning of Tuesday, January 28, 1986. The mission ended in tragedy moments later with loss of all hands.

Commander Francis R. "Dick" Scobee
Pilot Michael J. Smith
Mission Specialist 1 Ellison S. Onizuka
Mission Specialist 2 Judith A. Resnik
Mission Specialist 3 Ronald E. McNair
Payload Specialist 1 Gregory B. Jarvis
Payload Specialist 2 S. Christa McAuliffe