Challenger's lessons still echo 25 years later
Twenty five years after shuttle Challenger exploded lessons from the tragedy continue to influence NASA's decisions today.
7 myths about the Challenger shuttle disaster
Challenger Disaster - A NASA Tragedy
NASA's Shuttle program was begun in the 1970s, to create reusable craft for transporting cargo into space. Previous space craft could only be used once, then were discarded. The first shuttle, Columbia was launched in 1981. One year later, the Challenger rolled off the assembly line as the second shuttle of the US fleet. They were followed by Discovery in 1983 and Atlantis in 1985.
25 years later and it still doesn't see thai it was all that long ago.