Tragedy strikes: The Challenger Disaster

Painting McAulliffe

Painting Tribute to Christa McAuliffe

Tragically, a faulty "o-ring" malfunctioned during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, destroying the shuttle. Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first teacher in space, perished along with the crew: Commander Francis Scobee, First Pilot Michael Smith, mission specialist Ellison Onizuka, mission specialist Judith Resnik, and mission specialist Ronald McNair. The Challenger disaster resulted in a suspension and eventually the discontinuation of the Teacher in Space Project.

Tragedy strikes: The Challenger Disaster