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Jarvis McAuliffe McNair Onizuka Resnik Scobee Smith

28 January 1986 16:38 GMT. FAILURE: Failure of O-rings on Solid Rocket Motor due to cold launch temperature led to burn through of external tank, explosion of vehicle 73 seconds after launch. Duration: 0.00 days. Call Sign: Challenger. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC39B. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: STS-33 (51-L). Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Spaceplane. Spacecraft: Challenger. Payload: Challenger F10 / TDRS 2 [IUS]. References: 5 , 7 , 33 .

STS-51-LSTS-51-L - Payload specialists in training for STS 51-L in mockup & integration lab

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