03:01 PM EDT 02/26/2016
Son of Teacher In Space Christa McAuliffe Leads Tributes to Lives Lost on 30th Anniversary of Challenger Explosion That Left Seven Killed
Originally posted 01/28/2016 07:00PM
Thirty years ago Christa McAuliffe boarded the Challenger spacecraft to become the first teacher in space, but seconds after liftoff, disaster struck, killing her and the six astronauts on board.
30 Years Later, Daughter of Challenger Commander Remembers His Legacy: 'They Were United Together to Do Something Great'
Originally posted 01/28/2016 02:45PM
The images are indelible – on the clear, cold morning of January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger embarked on its tenth milestone mission. But disaster struck 73 seconds later when the shuttle exploded, killing the seven astronauts on board.
Originally posted 12/31/2013 10:35AM
Beyoncé says she meant no disrespect to the seven astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion after she used audio from the disaster in her new love song "XO."
The song opens with a six-second audio sample from Jan. 28, 1986, of now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying, "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."
Under fire from friends and family of the astronauts for supposedly making light of the disaster, the pop star, 32, tells ABC News that the sample is actually meant to be a tribute to the dead.
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