The Challenger explosion: A tragic day in space history


CNN shares what happened on the tragic day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, including the astronauts’ last words, the reaction of people on the ground, and President Ronald Reagan’s speech to a grieving nation. When CNN aired the launch of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, no one could have known a catastrophe would unfold live on television. Watch to find out how the events of that day changed the course of human space flight.

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