pbsthisdayinhistory:

Jan. 28, 1986: Space Shuttle Challenger Breaks Apart After Launch
On this day in 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. Seven crew members were lost, including Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe.
After the Challenger explosion, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the public, especially to young children who had been watching the liftoff on television:
“…I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them…”
Read President Reagan’s full speech here.
Photo Credit:  Photo from Jan. 9, 1986 - the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (NASA)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

Jan. 28, 1986: Space Shuttle Challenger Breaks Apart After Launch

On this day in 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. Seven crew members were lost, including Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe.

After the Challenger explosion, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the public, especially to young children who had been watching the liftoff on television:

“…I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them…”

Read President Reagan’s full speech here.

Photo Credit:  Photo from Jan. 9, 1986 - the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (NASA)


The space shuttle Challenger lifts off Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 11:38 a.m., EST, in this January 28, 1986 file photo. The entire crew of seven was lost in the explosion 73 seconds into the launch. The circumstances were different, they were coming home, not vaulting into space, but again there was the familiar jolt to the gut. Space shuttle Columbia broke apart in flames 200,000 feet over Texas on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, killing all seven astronauts just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida.
(AP Photo/NASA, File)

The space shuttle Challenger lifts off Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 11:38 a.m., EST, in this January 28, 1986 file photo. The entire crew of seven was lost in the explosion 73 seconds into the launch. The circumstances were different, they were coming home, not vaulting into space, but again there was the familiar jolt to the gut. Space shuttle Columbia broke apart in flames 200,000 feet over Texas on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, killing all seven astronauts just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida.

(AP Photo/NASA, File)

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ifuckinglovespace:

Space Shuttle Discovery at Dulles International Airport.

ifuckinglovespace:

Space Shuttle Discovery on approach and landed at Dulles International Airport, before being taken to the Udvar-Hazy Center annex of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Va.

How I wish I was there.

ifuckinglovespace:

lonelywhitelights:

“A charred astronaut helmet lying in the grass near Norwood, Texas, was among the debris found after the space shuttle Columbia broke apart during reentry on February 1, 2003. The orbiter had completed STS-107 and was returning for landing, but damaged heat shielding caused the craft to disintegrate, killing all seven crew members.” from NationalGeographic.com
This is such a haunting image, knowing that the helmet made it through the terrible accident but it’s owner did not.

ifuckinglovespace:

lonelywhitelights:

“A charred astronaut helmet lying in the grass near Norwood, Texas, was among the debris found after the space shuttle Columbia broke apart during reentry on February 1, 2003. The orbiter had completed STS-107 and was returning for landing, but damaged heat shielding caused the craft to disintegrate, killing all seven crew members.” from NationalGeographic.com

This is such a haunting image, knowing that the helmet made it through the terrible accident but it’s owner did not.

ifuckinglovespace:

@NASA_Johnson:

Atlantis on its way home taken by Exp 28 crew of the space station.

ifuckinglovespace:

@NASA_Johnson:

Atlantis on its way home taken by Exp 28 crew of the space station.

ifuckinglovespace:

The Sagan Series (part 6) - End of an Era: The Final Shuttle Launch

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usagov:

This image of space shuttle Atlantis was taken shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back at Launch Pad 39A, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Atlantis is set to liftoff today, Friday, July 8, at 11:26 a.m. EDT on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.
Watch the launch as it happens on NASA.gov.

usagov:

This image of space shuttle Atlantis was taken shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back at Launch Pad 39A, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Atlantis is set to liftoff today, Friday, July 8, at 11:26 a.m. EDT on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

Watch the launch as it happens on NASA.gov.

ifuckinglovespace:

Space Shuttle Atlantis’ engines at T-Minus 5 minutes.
Watch the final space shuttle launch LIVE at NASA

ifuckinglovespace:

Space Shuttle Atlantis’ engines at T-Minus 5 minutes.

Watch the final space shuttle launch LIVE at NASA

msnbc:

Stefanie Gordon displays the image she shot from an airplane of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final launch on Monday in New York City. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com)
That famous space shuttle Twitpic: When is sharing stealing? Our investigative reporter tackles the modern-day media issue that’s been plaguing news organizations worldwide.

msnbc:

Stefanie Gordon displays the image she shot from an airplane of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final launch on Monday in New York City. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com)

That famous space shuttle Twitpic: When is sharing stealing? Our investigative reporter tackles the modern-day media issue that’s been plaguing news organizations worldwide.

lookhigh:

Astronaut Greg Chamitoff makes his way inside the International Space Station as Andrew Feustel awaits his turn at the end of the STS-134 mission’s first spacewalk. (via NASA)

lookhigh:

Astronaut Greg Chamitoff makes his way inside the International Space Station as Andrew Feustel awaits his turn at the end of the STS-134 mission’s first spacewalk. (via NASA)

fuckyeahspacedotcom:

Space Shuttle Discovery makes it entry into Earth from the ISS.

fuckyeahspacedotcom:

Space Shuttle Discovery makes it entry into Earth from the ISS.


#STS135 Bird’s eye view of Atlantis being lowered into place next to the external tank & solid rocket boosters

#STS135 Bird’s eye view of Atlantis being lowered into place next to the external tank & solid rocket boosters