Every newsroom simultaneously dreads and thrives on the prospect of big breaking news. Across the United States and around the world, news organizations went into high gear on the morning of Wednesday, January 29, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after liftoff, killing the crew of seven, including Christa McAuliffe, America's first teacher in space.
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-- Gary O'Brien
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