Remembering the Space Shuttle Challenger 30 years later

The tragic events of January 28, 1986 stunned millions of Americans


Today marks 30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

The spacecraft exploded 73 seconds after lift-off on January 28, 1986.

The tragedy not only devastated the space community, but also millions across the country were left stunned. All crew onboard, including seven NASA astronauts, and NASA personnel perished.

In honor the men and women onboard the Challenger, NASA has declared today a national day of remembrance.

NASA officials will gather for a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

NASA centers across the country also plan to hold remembrance ceremonies.