Ebeling, who blamed himself for 30 years, found peace in the last weeks of his life.
"The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them," said President Ronald Reagan at the time.
On takeoff day, television accomplished the very opposite of what NASA had planned for it. Television's immediacy was meant to involve us all in a pageant certifying NASA as a worthy beneficiary of continued and increasing funding. Instead, television revealed NASA's lack of control over the situation.
This year, Urban Outfitters sold a "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt tastefully splattered with red paint while Donald Sterling's racial comments cost him his NBA franchise. It's been a raucous year in the public arena, expressed perfectly by a parade of PR blunders that is as impressive in scope as it is in sheer absurdity.
From his work on the Manhattan Project to the key role he played in explaining the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Richard
But the memories of that painful day -- and the bravery of the Challenger crew -- are still fresh in the minds of many. "Today
Then, an explosion. At first, Frances VanKulick thinks it's the solid rocket boosters separating from the shuttle -- part
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The shocking accident - broadcast live on television - claimed the lives of all seven crew members, including Christa McAuliffe
Mission Control: "Challenger, go with throttle up" Commander Dick Scobee: "Roger go with throttle up" Those were the last