On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded upon takeoff. The Challenger carried a seven-person crew, including the first teacher involved in a space mission.
This Saturday, it will be 26 years since the tragedy. Pictured here are the brave astronauts of the Challenger Crew:
(Back row, left to right) Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant S. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis, Mission Specialist Judy Resnick; (front row) Pilot Mike Smith, Commader Dick Scobee, and Mission Specialist Ron McNair.