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Challenger Disaster: 30th Anniversary

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National Geographic Channel marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic day the Space Shuttle Challenger burst into flames. The one-hour special, Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, reconstructs the event through long-forgotten NASA footage and news reports, including archived interviews with the flight crew, audio recordings from inside the cockpit and video from mission control.

Use the educational resources on this page to teach students about space exploration and to commemorate the anniversary of the Challenger disaster.


On the National Geographic Channel

For more on Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, visit National Geographic Channel.

Historical Events in Space Exploration

First American in Space

First American in Space  

On May 5, 1961, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., was launched into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a capsule called Freedom 7. 

Apollo 8 Broadcasts Live from Space

Apollo 8 Broadcasts Live from Space  

On December 24, 1968, the American Apollo 8 mission made the first live broadcast from space.

Man Walks on Moon

Man Walks on Moon  

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon.

Astronauts Snap the ‘Blue Marble’

Astronauts Snap the ‘Blue Marble’  

On December 7, 1972, NASA astronauts on a mission to the Moon took what may be the most familiar snapshot of Earth, an image nicknamed the “Blue Marble.”

NASA Launches Voyager I

NASA Launches Voyager I  

On September 5, 1977, NASA launched Voyager I, a spacecraft that is still operating on the outer reaches of our solar system.

First Crew Docks at International Space Station

First Crew Docks at International Space Station  

On November 2, 2000, the first resident crew docked at the International Space Station. The ISS has been staffed by international crews ever since.

Space Shuttle Explodes

Space Shuttle Explodes  

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated.

The Beagle is Lost

The Beagle is Lost  

On December 25, 2003, scientists lost contact with Beagle 2, a spacecraft sent to study the planet Mars.

Spirit Rolls on to Mars

Spirit Rolls on to Mars  

On January 15, 2004, the NASA rover Spirit rolled onto the surface of Mars.

Profiles of Space Scientists

Cold Explosion

Cold Explosion  

NASA’s Rosaly Lopes and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center’s Randy Kirk explain the phenomenon of cryovolcanism.

Astrophysicist: Phillip Chamberlin

Astrophysicist: Phillip Chamberlin  

Phillip Chamberlin is a NASA research astrophysicist and deputy project scientist.

Looking For Life

Looking For Life  

Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand is attempting to answer one of humanity's greatest questions: Does life exist outside Earth?

Astrobiologist: Kevin Hand

Astrobiologist: Kevin Hand  

From star-gazer to planetary scientist, read how Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand found his place in the stars.


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