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Challenger Learning Center honors 7 crew member lost 35 years ago

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 17:22:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Teachers and students in Tallahassee are remembering the seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger who lost their lives.

The Challenger 51-L “Teacher in Space” launch tragedy happened 35 years ago, on January 28, 1986.

The space shuttle was in the air for more than a minute when a plume of hot solid fuel poured out from one of the rocket boosters hitting a liquid fuel tank, creating a giant fireball thousands of feet in the air.

At the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, students have an opportunity to fly their own space mission in a simulated control room and every mission begins with one thing in mind.

"Every single mission starts with reminding people we do this in honor of the seven Challenger astronauts," said Susan Borland, the Education Manager of the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee. "And on this anniversary date, we actually have worked with the Florida University School well over a decade, Nancy Rosenbaum and the rest of the fifth graders because they want to be here on this anniversary day."

Borland says the space missions have expended virtually online.

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