The tragic explosion of NASA's Space Shuttle Challenger in January 28, 1986 will be remembered on Friday.
The tragedy of 24 years ago broadcasted on television, occurred when the Challenger broke apart when after rising 10 miles and 8 miles south-southeast of Cape Canaveral at 11:39 a.m. EST, 75 seconds after launch.
NASA said in a Twitter update today that it will observe a Day of Remembrance on Friday to honor the Challenger, Apollo 1 and Columbia crew members.
Seven crew members aboard the Challenger died: commander Francis ''Dick'' Scobee, 46, pilot Michael Smith, 40, Judith Resnik, 36, Ellison Onizuka, 39, Ronald McNair, 35, engineer Gregory Jarvis, 41, and Christa McAuliffe, 37,a social studies teacher, the first private citizen in space.
The 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger launch video is below: