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When I saw this memorial in the Arlington National Cemetery I thought over what I could get to know about the Challenger catastrophy that time.

I remember that event although it was almost skipped by communist mass media in Poland that time. The short comment told that the USA was more concentrated on space wars and military aggressive politics than on safe and peaceful exploration of the outer space, like the Soviet Union did, or something those lines. But when I visited small display on that event in the US consulate's library in Krakow I got to know different truth.

The space shuttle Challenger, the second orbiter after Columbia, joined NASA fleet of reusable winged spaceships in July 1982.

In 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space and Guion Bluford became the first African American in space. Both were traveling by on Challenger.

On January 28, 1986, Challenger, with teacher Christa McAuliffe aboard, explodes 73 seconds after lift-off. Investigators determine that the shuttle was torn apart because of a problem that caused a fuel tank to catch fire. The entire shuttle fleet was grounded for next nearly three years.

Address: Administrative Building, Arlington, Virginia 22211
Directions: By metro to Arlington Cemetery station (+ a walk or metrobus) or by car (details in my Transportation Tips).
othercontact: +1 (703) 607-8585
Phone: +1 (703) 607-8000
Website: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/challengr.htm

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2005
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