Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 29, 1986 - Challenger Disaster | Charlotte Observer Special Section

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.
View the section here, extracted from The Observer's microfiche archive.
-- Gary O'Brien


Anonymous said...

In August 1983 my wife and I viewed in person the first night launch of a shuttle. A storm with lightning delayed the launch almost beyond the launch window--but it did go, and I captured images I'd share but can't in this blog.

Little did I know that about two and a half years later I would sit on my couch and watch live on CNN this same shuttle--Challenger--exploding during launch.


Anonymous said...

Whats up with local media idiots using foot high letters? Its elementary and amateurish. People are not dumb. They dont need kindergarten lettering. The NY Times and Wall St Journal use only slightly bigger letters for big events on the ft page.

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