Challenger Crew Official NASA Photograph and Biographies

All seven members of the ill-fated Challenger Space Shuttle are pictured here in this official NASA color photograph, measuring 10 x 8. The photograph is accompanied by official NASA biographies of each of the crew members on 8.5 x 11 NASA letterhead from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Challenger's mission  is one of the most well-known in the history of space exploration due to two reasons, the first being that it was the first time a civilian, teacher Sharon Christa-McAuliffe, had flown aboard the Space Shuttle, as part of the "Teacher in Space Project" and "Shuttle Student Involvement Program."  It was the utter optimism and joy of the crew with the mission before them and having McAuliffe on board as a crewmember that magnified the tragedy that ensued, when 73 seconds into the flight, the Challenger was destroyed by the failure of the O-ring seal, which literally made the aircraft go up in flames. The sight, seen by NASA officials on the ground as well as millions of people world-wide on TV, was a terrible shock and marked the first American manned mission to involve in-flight fatalities, and the first ever manned mission to launch and fail to reach space. Comes with a certificate that unconditionally guarantees the authenticity of this item.

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Challenger Crew Official NASA Photograph and Biographies

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