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January 28, 1986: Challenger Disaster Anniversary

Jan 28th, 2009 | By | Category: videos

It doesn’t seem like 23 years have passed since this event occurred, but that is what time does. This video is the CNN broadcast of the Challenger takeoff leading up to and including the explosion, and ending with the declaration from ground control stating “Obviously a major malfunction.”

Warning: This video includes an explosion of a space shuttle. It may bring back some pretty bad memories.


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  1. Wow- it still can bring me to tears! I feel for their families, even after all these years. I don’t think our generation will ever forget this, as well we shouldn’t. May they rest in peace.

  2. @Kathy
    Yeah, I felt pretty bad posting this video, but when I heard that this was the anniversary, I figured it’s the type of thing that people should remember. I was watching the shuttle live in my first grade classroom. I remember we wrote letters to the astronauts before their mission. I can’t imagine that they ever would have read them, but it felt devastating being so young and seeing something like this.

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