Middle school students within San Antonio’s Southwest ISD, whether they know it or not, have paid tribute to the team that lost their lives in a tragedy that shocked the nation more than 30 years ago. The local school district continuously remembers those killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion after naming four of its schools after individuals killed in the mission, including the first teacher intended to go into space.
Millions of Americans may remember the explosion, which occurred just 73 seconds into the Challenger’s flight on January 28, 1986. The mission was to deploy a communications satellite and study Halley’s Comet while in orbit. The shuttle broke apart as it was ascending, caused by a mechanical failure in a rocket booster, and killed all seven crew members aboard.