5 Articles About the Challenger Disaster

On January 28, we mark the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. What were the causes of the space shuttle explosion? What would it be to teach from space? What's Challenger's legacy?

Find answers to these questions and more by reading these current and historical articles using the CPL's Online Resources. I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web.

"Space Shuttle Explodes" by Michael Hirsley
Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1986
Space shuttle Challenger exploded 75 seconds after liftoff, leaving no survivors among its seven-member crew, which included Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe. This article from the day after the explosion details the immediate aftermath.

"Anger, Confusion and Fear in the Nation’s Grief" by Daniel Goleman
New York Times, February 01, 1986
The Challenger explosion was a tragedy for NASA, the crew members' families and the entire country. Written in the days after the disaster, this article explores the psychological consequences and the impact of the tragedy.

"25 Years After the Challenger Tragedy, McAuliffe Continues to Inspire" by Liana Heitin
Education Week, January 26, 2011
Learn more about how McAuliffe, who was meant to be the first civilian in space, still influences classrooms with her passion for space and education. A former colleague speaks of her dedication and desire to “see kids fascinated by space."

"Learning from Challenger Tragedy After 30 Years" by Marco Santana and Kevin Spear
Orlando Sentinel, January 24, 2016 (also available on the Orlando Sentinel website)
This article examines Challenger's legacy 30 years later in the context of today's struggle to determine the future of human spaceflight.

"Almost Lost in Space: Christa McAuliffe's Understudy Recalls the Challenger Tragedy" by Andrea Morabito
New York Post, January 24, 2016 (also available on the New York Post website)
Elementary school teacher Barbara Morgan, who trained alongside McAuliffe and the Challenger crew, was the backup Teacher in Space. She shares her memories and her eventual journey to space as an educator astronaut.

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