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Challenger: A nation stunned by the tragedy remembers crew, its mission

It was 28 years ago that Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed and the seven members of its crew lost in as the result of a tremendous explosion in the Florida sky as they headed for space.
Compiled by Don Gammill Published: January 28, 2014

It was to be another first in America's storied space program, which had features many of the most historic events in the race to the stars, including man's first trip to the moon.

The space shuttle program, which many felt had so many flights they were almost thought to be routine, changed drastically that day.

The nation's first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, joined scientists and veteran space travelers Dick Scobee, Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair and Judith Resnik aboard the shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, as they lifted off from Kennedy Space Center.

But barely 90 seconds into their flight, and with millions of people watching on TV and at the site, Challenger was destroyed by a massive explosion.

It's been 28 years, but the crew, the mission and what happened that day have not been forgotten.

Here are some of the stories and photos from The Oklahoman's coverage of the aftermath of this historic event:

NASA marks 25th anniversary of Challenger accident
Moore teacher retains dream of shuttle trip
Crew of lost shuttle honored at launch site
Teacher-astronaut is not forgotten in hometown