25 years ago, NASA's Space Shuttle Mission STS-51-L (orbiter OV-99 Challenger) blew up 73 seconds after launching from Launch Pad 39B, the first Shuttle launch from that pad. In memory of the crew of seven, all of whom died in the accident, today's map shows where they each of them was from:
"The future is not free: the story of all human progress is one of a
struggle against all odds. We learned again that this America, which
Abraham Lincoln called the last, best hope of man on Earth, was built on
heroism and noble sacrifice. It was built by men and women like our
seven star voyagers, who answered a call beyond duty, who gave more than
was expected or required and who gave it little thought of worldly
— President Ronald Reagan, 31 January 1986
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