Hundreds gather at NASA's launch site Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, in receipt of words of hope from the widow of the space shuttle's leader.
The chilly outside observance drew space agency managers, former astronauts, past and present launch directors, family and friends of the fall crew and schoolchildren who weren't yet born when the space ferry transport a high school teacher from Concord, N.H., erupt in the sky.
The misfortune on Jan. 28, 1986 immediately 73 seconds into flight killed all seven on panel, as well as instructor Christa McAuliffe.
June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger's chief officer, Dick Scobee, urged the large number to "boldly look to the future" not only in space travel, bar in space and science tutoring. She was active in establish the NASA Challenger Center for Space Science Education.
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