Front row from left are Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Back row from left are Ellison Onizuka, school teacher Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik
Thirty years ago today the space shuttle called the Challenger exploded. Many people had tuned into watch the ship take off due to Christa McAuliffe being the first teacher and civilian in space. Seventy three seconds after take off there was an explosion causing the space shuttle to be destroyed causing all seven crew members to be killed. All seven of the crew left behind family and friends who asked themselves what went wrong. Lives cut short hoping to lead the world into the future of science with what they hoped to discover.