Space Shuttle Challenger
From One Laurel to Another: a Letter from Columbia - Universe Today
STS-107 Mission Specialist Laurel B. Clark (NASA) On this Day of Remembrance, February 1, 2013, NASA will mark the 10th anniversary of the STS-107 Columbia accident with a wreath-laying ceremony at the astronaut memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, paying tribute to the lost crews of Columbia, Challenger and Apollo 1, as well as other space explorers and NASA colleagues who have passed on.
25 Years After Disaster, Keeping The Challenger Spirit Alive
il 28 gennaio 1986 la 51^ missione spaziale dello Space Shuttle finisce in tragedia 73 secondi dopo il decollo, quando l'esplosione di uno dei due razzi propulsori provoca quella dell'intera navicella. I 7 membri dell'equipaggio, tra i quali la maestra elementare Christina McAuliffe, muoiono tutti.
Fallen Heroes of Space Exploration: A Memorial (Gallery)
Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978, Ronald McNair completed a 1-year training and evaluation period in August 1979, qualifying him for assignment as a mission specialist astronaut on Space Shuttle flight crews. Dr. McNair was assigned as a mission specialist on STS 51-L. Dr. McNair died on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Guion S. Bluford
Guion Bluford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1942. Bluford became the first African-American to travel in space in 1983, on board the space shuttle Challenger, and three later missions. His career began as a pilot in the US Air Force, flying 144 missions during the Vietnam War, before becoming a NASA astronaut in 1979.
Women in Aviation and Space History - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Sally Ride, 1980. On June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. She was named a mission specialist on the seventh flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983 and flew on a second mission in 1984. Following the 1986 Challenger disaster, Ride served on the investigation committee. She left NASA in 1987 to pursue an academic career. Photo courtesy of NASA. NASM-97-15070