BOSTON (CBS) – Monday marks a tragic anniversary in American history.
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 33 years ago on January 28, 1986.READ MORE: What To Know Before Booking Your Summer Trip
It happened just 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.READ MORE: Rideshare Customers Frustrated By Driver Shortage
Seven astronauts died, including Christa McAuliffe, the Framingham native and Concord, New Hampshire teacher who was going to become the first teacher in space.MORE NEWS: School Bus Driver Arrested In Norfolk After Students Find Loaded Gun
Investigators later determined that a rocket booster failure caused the fuel tank to ignite.