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30 years ago, NASA lost 7 astronauts in the Challenger explosion. Here’s how it moved forward.

By Michael Tabb
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

NASA is well acquainted with the dangers of sending humans to outer space. Thirty years ago today, its Challenger shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff, claiming seven lives in a tragedy broadcast on TV to stunned Americans. In the video above, NASA reflects on the legacy of the fatal accident.

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