Onlookers reaction to the Challenger explosion. 1986.
The space shuttle Challenger was one of NASA's greatest triumphs. It was the second shuttle to reach space, in April 1983. It successfully completed nine milestone missions.
But Challenger was also NASA's darkest tragedy. On its 10th launch, on Jan. 28, 1986, the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing the seven crewmembers. The accident changed the space program forever.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite astronauts listened to in space? 👩🏻🚀 🎶
This is Space Jams, a weekly playlist covering music that’s been enjoyed in orbit and beyond!
This week, listen to the wake-up calls from the first 28 space shuttle missions! Link is in my bio and those of you on computers can scan the Spotify Code with your phone through the app! Enjoy!
Note: this is missing some songs, as some were special parodies made specifically for the crew or Spotify just doesn’t have them. But this is still almost 3 hours of music from the shuttle! -
Photo Credit: @nasa
It's been 10 years since this space shuttle was flying. @davidgwaters13 was giving me a media tour. He is one of my longest, dearest friends. We met in 1997 while both of us were wetting our feet in our first tv jobs at Central Florida News 13. He explains, "That's a nozzle from the sound suppression system beside us that dumps water on the launch pad to lower the sound level of launch, and you can see the back/tail end of the space shuttle orbiter with its black tiles right behind that." Thanks to David, I got the exclusive story that day for Forbes on the new heat resistant tiles that would protect a future shuttle from burning up. #spaceship#Spaceshuttle#Outerspace