The U.S. space shuttle Challenger
exploded 73 seconds after take off, 14 kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean, due to structural malfunction brought on by the lower-than-expected launch temperatures. It killed all seven aboard, including a school teacher which had been chosen partake in the mission.
have recorded one of the crew gasping “Uh-oh” the second before breakup. Debris kept falling into the Atlantic Ocean
for more than an hour after the explosion. As the event was widely televised, the whole nation watched the explosion.
It was believed that the crew survived the initial breakup but died from oxygen deficiency due to loss of cabin pressure minutes before impact.
Other notable events on January 28th:
The explosion of the space shuttle The Challenger, 1986