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History and legacyEdit
On 28 January 1986, Challenger was destroyed, exploding 73 seconds after being launched for mission STS-51-L. All seven members of the crew were killed in the explosion. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Twilight; ST reference: Star Trek Chronology)
One of the seven crew members was a civilian school teacher, Christa McAuliffe. The USS McAuliffe and the Class F shuttlecraft McAuliffe, attached to the Federation starship USS Farragut, were named in her honor. (DS9 comic: "Frozen Boyhood", ST reference: Ships of the Line 2006)
Challenger mission specialist Ellison Onizuka was similarly honored by Starfleet, with a Type-15 shuttlepod Onizuka on the USS Enterprise-D named after him. (TNG episodes: "The Ensigns of Command", "The Mind's Eye")
Elias Vaughn once viewed the memorial to the crew of the Challenger when he was a teenager. In the year 2376, the Inamuri entity allowed Vaughn to experience the memory. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Twilight)
- Gregory Jarvis
- Christa McAuliffe
- Ronald McNair
- Ellison Onizuka
- Judith Resnik
- Dick Scobee
- Michael J. Smith
|United States space shuttles|
|United States of America||Enterprise (OV-101) • Columbia (OV-102) • Challenger (OV-099) • Discovery (OV-103) • Atlantis (OV-104) • Endeavour (OV-105) • Renaissance (prototype)|
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