It was set to be an historic mission. But just after 11:39 on the morning of January 28, 1986, the worst possible outcome occurred. Now 27 years later, WDBO remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Just after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Challenger exploded mid-air, killing all seven crew members, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe. Thousands witnessed the explosion as the shuttle broke apart.
"Today is a day of mourning and remembering," President Ronald Reagan said to the nation.
Lives lost during Challenger flight: Commander Dick Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist Judy Resnik, Mission Specialist Ron McNair, Payload Specialist Gregory Jarvis and teacher Christa McAuliffe.
NASA wouldn't see another disaster until 2003, when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.