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Risk in Exploration

Space exploration affords numerous benefits, but there are inherent risks. On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, killing all seven crew members. This was neither the first nor the last such tragedy. After a congressional investigation of the Challenger disaster, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) changed its procedures and the U.S. reaffirmed its commitment to space exploration.

1 Image “Shuttle Explodes,” Concord Monitor, New Hampshire, January 28, 1986 View All Images
1 Image “City, NASA Look For Answers,” Concord Monitor, New Hampshire,... View All Images
3 Images President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union message to Congress... View All Images
1 Image Space Shuttle Challenger Wreckage, NASA, ca. April 18, 1986 View All Images
1 Image Painting of Challenger Crew, Brumidi Corridors, U.S. Capitol, by... View All Images