We chose our most recent featured topic to honor the brave astronauts who lost their lives aboard the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. The nation watched in disbelief as the Challenger space shuttle exploded on live television 73 seconds after lift-off over the Atlantic Ocean on January 28, 1986. Seventeen years later, on February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated over Texas as it reentered the Earth’s atmosphere.
In all, 14 lives were lost and the impact of the tragedies can still be felt around the world.
The WikiAnswers community invites you to honor the memories of Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnik from the Challenger and Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown and Laurel Clark from Columbia.
Ask and answer questions about these two missions on WikiAnswers now.