Connecticut marks 30 years since Challenger disaster

FILE - This photo provided by NASA shows the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission 51L. All seven members of the crew were killed when the shuttle exploded during launch on Jan. 28, 1986. Front row from left are Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Front row from left are Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik. (NASA via AP)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Thursday marks 30 years since one of the biggest disasters in space exploration. The space shuttle Challenger exploded after takeoff, killing everyone on board.

Seven members of the Challenger crew died on the morning of January 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the shuttle challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1986 picture, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. shortly before it exploded with a crew of seven aboard. (AP Photo/Thom Baur)
FILE – In this Jan. 28, 1986 picture, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. shortly before it exploded with a crew of seven aboard. (AP Photo/Thom Baur)

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s day of remembrance.

News 8’s Renee Chmiel was at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport to show us how they are marking this day in the video above.

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