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Some video about the disaster:
CNN coverage - significant because the disaster elevated the cable channel.
Never miss a local story.
Reagan's address to the nation following the disaster
Short documentary, "The Spirit Lives On: A Tribute To Dr. Ronald E. McNair"
About the "Challenger" disaster
Seventy-three seconds into its flight, Space Shuttle Challenger splintered. The seven crew members — Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnik — perished in the accident that was broadcast live on CNN.
The launch was watched in schools because McAuliffe was to be the first teacher in space.
The shuttle did not explode. It disintegrated after an O-ring seal in the right solid rocket booster failed, allowing hot gas to reach the outside and disturb the integrity of the external fuel tank. Challenger veered from its correct attitude and was immediately torn apart by aerodynamic forces.
The exact timing of the crew members’ death is unknown, but several are believed to have survived the initial splintering.