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  • Remembering the Challenger: Five ways it changed spaceflight

    Remembering the Challenger: Five ways it changed spaceflight

    Twenty-five years ago Friday, the space shuttle Challenger came to a tragic end, exploding on liftoff and claiming the lives of seven astronauts. We remember the loss of the Challenger and its crew, yet we often forget the contributions it made to space exploration. The night of the disaster, President Ronald Reagan told the nation: “The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.” Here are five ways the Challenger pushed spaceflight forward. Join The Monitor's discussion on Facebook.

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  • Remembering the Challenger: Five ways it changed spaceflight

    Remembering the Challenger: Five ways it changed spaceflight

    Twenty-five years ago Friday, the space shuttle Challenger came to a tragic end, exploding on liftoff and claiming the lives of seven astronauts. We remember the loss of the Challenger and its crew, yet we often forget the contributions it made to space exploration. The night of the disaster, President Ronald Reagan told the nation: “The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.” Here are five ways the Challenger pushed spaceflight forward. Join The Monitor's discussion on Facebook.

  • Remembering Guenter Wendt, Apollo-era 'pad führer'

    Guenter Wendt was NASA's original launch pad leader – or 'pad führer,' as he was affectionately known – for the agency's manned space program and the last man the Apollo astronauts saw before launching to the moon. He died Monday.

  • In Pictures Unusual birds

    A Black Crowned Crane from East Africa looks towards the camera as it parades in the Bird Park in Walsrode, northern Germany, April 8. Thousands of birds from about 650 species live in the park.