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NASA commemorates the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WKOW)-- Today is the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger accident, when the world watched as the Challenger exploded just one minute after liftoff. All seven passengers aboard the shuttle died, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

NASA commemorated the tragedy with families of the astronauts at an outdoor memorial at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Friday.

The widow of the Challenger's commander, June Scobee Rodgers, spoke at the memorial. Rodgers was instrumental in the development of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Rodgers recounted how the whole world saw the astronauts die. She said that the astronauts' families started the centers to show how the Challenger's crew lives and why they risked their lives.

The Challenger Centers for Space Science Education now has 48 learning centers that work to educate children on life in space.

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