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Challenger Disaster
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    (January 28, 1986-January 28, 1986)
    Killed Commander Francis Dick R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Ronald G. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka and Dr. Judith A. Resnick and Payload Specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and Sharon Christa McAuliffe
    56th U.S. manned space mission, 25th space shuttle mission and 10th mission of the Challenger Shuttle
    Mission lasted 74 seconds when the Challenger blew up
    John Denver and other performers recorded a CD in memory of the disaster
    Its passengers became the first U.S. space causalities after a launch.
    The mission was rescheduled three times and when it was launched, the weather was not optimum.
    The disaster was caused by faulty 'O Rings' manufactured by Morton Thiokol.
    The families of all seven astronauts sued Morton Thiokol.
    McAuliff, Onizuka, Jarvis and Scobee's family split $7.7 million (December 1986).
    McNair and Resnick's families sued independently and received multi millions (1988).
    Jane Smith sued for $1.5 billion and settled for an undisclosed amount (1988).
    The U.S. manned space mission ended for 2 years and 9 months until the Space Shuttle Discovery was launched (September 29, 1988).
    The disaster spawned many poor tasteless jokes (like, uh, nevermind).
    It was an extremely diverse crew, including an Asian, African American, two women (one of which was Jewish and the other the first civilian in space).
    President Reagan cancelled his State of the Union speech schedule the night of the disaster.
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